While seated in my barber’s chair this afternoon, he told me a bittersweet story about a man (who turned out to be both my cousin and my fraternity brother ’06). The man attended an activity (my barber was unsure what the activity was) for his son and afterwards invited his son’s buddy (who had nobody at the activity for him) to go and get some ice cream and hang out for a few minutes before taking the buddy home.
While dropping his son’s friend off at his home, the young man asked the father if it would be ok if he could have a hug too. Almost in tears, the father gave the young man a big hug before sending him into the house.
You see the buddy had witnessed the loving, nurturing, and strong behavior of his friend’s father towards his son during their short time together and simply wanted in his own life something that he probably had never experienced, or if he did, was not experiencing it at that point in his life.
Our children need us!
If you are a present and dedicated father, keep up the hard work. If you are an absent father, please figure out a way to return to your child’s life and don’t demonize the mother…….the child will figure all of that out on his or her own. If you see a young person that needs a father, be a father figure…..my cousin did and it brought tears to his eyes!
“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!” — Lydia M. Child, Philothea: A Romance, 1836
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