A man wakes up early, takes a shower, grabs a cup of coffee, checks the weather and makes a list of things to do. Over the next two days, most of the things on the list are accomplished. With the help of his assistants, they diligently cross everything off the list and debrief their accomplishments at the end of the day.
While he may sound like an average working man, he is anything but average; he is an exceptional father starting his Saturday morning with his kids. The list he makes is for all of the fun things they will do over the weekend and the assistants are his daughter and son. This father is unusual, in every respect that is good and he sets the bar for all fathers. He has made changes to his life to better himself over the course of two children… because his children inspire him.
From the beginning, this man devoted everything to make sure his children were safe, happy and healthy. He helped them to come into this world by being an exceptional birth partner and support to their mother. When the early days were hard for both parents adjusting to life with a child, he committed himself to his family and weathered the storm of life changes, relationship changes and personal growth.
Throughout the next five years, this man spent his time building card board houses, setting up tea parties at night as a surprise for the morning and creating a world of wonder where dwarves did the landscaping and fairies dropped surprises into the backyard. He has built custom sand and water tables, designed play stations around the yard and built a princess carriage late into the night. He has planned special dates, gone bike riding on Saturdays for ice cream, been “made up” with makeup and nail polish no matter who sees, been dressed up “fancy” with various accessories to go out for pizza and has gone to extra lengths to create whatever scenarios his kids imagine. He has taught lessons, exhibited unwavering patience, worried about sniffles, and treated his children with utmost respect; but most importantly, he has always chosen his children and family over anything else.
Those without children have looked at this man and thought that he has lost himself in his family when in actuality his children have led him to true self-realization. He never ceases to amaze me by his increasing ability to always want to improve himself and to always make his family top priority. There is no better gift that he can give to his children.