A heartwarming story from an adoring father. As this story shows, being a father occurs at different levels. Research is consistent in showing how fathers play a unique role in the cognitive, emotional, physical, and spiritual development of their child.
I want to share something that means a lot to me this evening. It might not mean much to the parent who sees their child or children every day. Perhaps it will.
For the first time about one week ago, my son had a part of his toy ambulance stop working. The various siren sounds stopped working when any of the three buttons on top of the toy were pushed, but the lights would still flash when any of the buttons were pushed. My son, through merely observing his initial reaction, could tell there was no sound coming from his toy. He didn’t understand why there was silence present instead of sirens roaring.
Fast forward to tonight. After my son was picked up by his mother and I took care of a personal matter, I fixed his toy ambulance. It was an easy fix where even the most inept person in fixing things could have figured out the remedy. Silence be gone! Sirens be blasting!
The point is, I fixed one of my son’s toys for him tonight. I was dad helping out my boy, even though he wasn’t here to see it. I feel so much joy right now over something most may or even would deem as insignificant. It’s not to me. To me, it’s another piece of me being daddy to my boy. I love it, and my heart’s at peace and my eyelids are watery. If my son and I spent time with each other considerably more than the approximately 7.5% of the week we currently do, perhaps this wouldn’t be so poignant and sentimental to me.
The next time my son is over to spend time with me and I with him, he’ll notice the sounds blaring from his beloved toy ambulance. Whatever his initial reaction, I reminded myself tonight that no matter what any person or entity tells me verbally, through family court, etc, I’m ultimately more than a visitor to my son. He deserves equal time with both of his parents.
“To me, it’s another piece of me being daddy to my boy”.
#538 Being a Daddy
Shared by an adoring father, Jason Gearhart, fighting for equal shared parenting for all parents and children. Permission granted 9/25/2018 approx. 10: 09 p.m.