My father is a protector through and through. Time and time again he has accomplished many grand feats in order to protect his family. One of his greatest feats was a struggle of life and death. He was crushed by a horse when I was in the 4th grade. He doesn’t talk about it very much, but he attributes his very drive to survive to his love for his family. He didn’t want to leave us. My father knew the damage that would happen, the scars that would be made, and the memories that never would have been. He knew he had to be there for his family. I was once is a car accident, only minor, and I was pinned with my foot stuck in the door. Against all odds, my dad was able to lift the car off of me. He is my hero.
My father is a giver. He gives of his time, money, and resources to help his family be happy. For my father, nothing was more important than the time he was able to spend with his family. His work would often take him away for extended amounts of time, but he would still call. We knew that when my dad came home, he was home. We all make sacrifices in order to benefit others. My father’s sacrifice was himself. He gave himself to the family and we all knew it. I know that he loves my mom and all of his children. He would go through hell and back in order to help his family.
I have learned many things from my father and I want to implement many of those into my future family. I envision taking an active role in my children’s lives by always being there for them. I want there to be no doubt in their mind that they are more important to me than work. They need to have that knowledge. I won’t hold back my love on the silly basis that I am tired from a long day at work. I will make the sacrifices necessary to be with my family throughout the thick and thin that life has to offer.
I want to be able to do and become all of the things above, but I know that it won’t just come to me. I won’t just one day be the perfect father. It will be an adventure with many ups and downs, but that is what will bring us closer. I want to begin to prepare now to be the father I want to be then. “Today I will do the things other people won’t so tomorrow I can do the things other people can’t.” Another quote I love is this, “You become who you want to be by consistently being who you want to become.”
I love fatherhood and recognize the divine roles engraved in this sacred calling. I can’t wait until the day that I can become a father and start a family of my own. Until then, it is my job to prepare and be worthy at all times.