Trucker Mama: Good Dads: May We Know Them, Raise Them, Be Them

 

Many of you reading this are dads.  All of you reading this have or had a Dad.  Your Dad may be biologically yours or a man who stepped up and filled this crucial role.

Sometimes our experience with our parents isn’t all we’d hope for.  Many times, though, it is the most defining and important relationship in our lives.

From your Dad, you learn how men should behave and you begin measuring up all others based on his example.  You learn how to love and support a partner.  How to be a mix of strong and compassionate.  You might learn how to grill or hook a worm or change a tire. You might learn how to garden or tie a tie.

For those of you reading this who answer to Dad, Trucker Mama says thank you.  You work hard and make countless personal sacrifices to be sure your children are well supported.  You balance a hectic travel schedule with all of your kids’ activities.  You use technology to stay connected.   You encourage.  You empower.  Your let your little girl dance on your feet, and even when you come home dog tired, you agree to throw a few balls.  You teach your older kids to drive, and you help them decide what they are going to do with their lives.  Some of you equally love and support your children’s children and your aging parents.

The people who are a part of a child’s village are carefully selected to grow them in the best way possible.  While I am not a Dad, I grew up with the very best.  I watch my brothers’ beautifully rear their children, and I watch my little one look adoringly at her DaDa.  My Dad might not have known how to fix my hair or understand me perfectly, but he was unwaveringly perfect for me.  He has always made me feel safe.  When Dad said something was going to be ok, I knew it was true (and still do to this day).   My husband might confuse a shirt and a dress when dressing our little one, and he might let her get away with too many bath-free days.  But I know well that love I see in her eyes, her Dad is perfect for her.

It is said a dad is a son’s first hero and a daughter’s first love.  How immensely true.

Happy Father’s Day to each Dad reading this.  Thanks for making the world a better place by your example and by your love.

As always, I look forward to hearing what you think of this article and what else you would like to see in this spot. 

Take care of yourself and drive home safely,

 

Trucker Mama