Dirty clothes, dusty boots. Harry face, nappy roots. Ashy elbows, peeling hands. Everything I love about a man. But what I love most, other than one who works hard, is the man who doesn’t end the day without at least acknowledging his kids. A man who works sun up to sun down does not have much leisure time, but his children sure feel his presence and love when he tucks them in at bed time. Consequently, I call him dad…
Daddy, you don’t have to be in love with mommy to love me. I understand. Some things just can’t be worked out. Relationships are not promising, but your time for me should never be compromised. Any man can father a child, but only a real man can bear the weight of responsibility.
A father is the man responsible for giving children their genetic makeup. A dad does the latter and takes full responsibility for raising the child. The two are not interchangeable because one plays a more important role. A dad can father a child, but a father does not automatically become a dad. He has to earn that title. Men, you should never want to be classified as just a father because you are depriving yourself of some good years.
To all men who have stepped up to the plate and live up to their responsibility, you are the most prominent male role models of society. This includes step-dads, uncles, coaches, mentors and anyone who plays the role of a daddy.
“You are the kings of the nations, the cream of the crop, the gift that keeps on giving, and the bow that sits atop.”
“I know there’s a lot of pressure, but keep doing what you do. Your seeds will become blessings, and your kids will honor you.”
“Make sense of what you do, and make every cent count.”
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