It is not what I do, but what I am to my children that is most fulfilling for me, which really defines my role as a father.
Father’s Day is around the corner. So we thought it would be a good time to examine the roles of fathers in our society. Being a father myself, I too have struggled with defining what my exact role is—I just do what feels natural. My role is often like an improv play: my family calls on me to fill a need, and I just comply with their requests. As a result, I usually wear many hats under many different circumstances and for varying reasons. In spite of these many hats though, personally, I see my key role as provider—ensuring they have what they need to be successful in every aspect of their lives. Yet it is not what I do, but what I am to my children that is most fulfilling for me, which really defines my role as a father.
If you think being a dad is hard, being a father is harder!
TO MY FATHER
I remember the role you played in my early years
through life’s painful lessons and my childhood tears
Your encouragement and dedication will never be forgotten
And you’ll always be revered even in my words unspoken
Our human weaknesses are natural, and may rob us of our vigor,
But your words inspire the strength in me and push me to go further
In time, I know memories will inevitably fade
But within my life lies an indelible mark that you have made
I will always have you at the center of my thought
And your words of encouragement hold a special place in my heart
I am about to start a new page in my life, to begin a new chapter
But all you’ve taught me makes me proud, you are indeed my father.