It’s been a while since I have written anything. Life has been happening and is still happening as we speak. With school, my upcoming marriage, and children, time seems to get away from me. This isn’t any excuse, per se. Just an observation.
Speaking of children, I would like to talk about fathers for a second. Yes, we get that annual day where we have the opportunity to be celebrated but there is a lot that is unseen during the other 364 days. Now, I do not claim to be an expert in the art of Fatherhood, nor am I downplaying the art of Motherhood. What seems to be prevalent are the numerous opinions and think-pieces about how there are so many bad fathers out there without too many opinions of think-pieces about the good ones:
The good ones that, despite lack of whatever, they still manage to sacrifice what they have so that their children get what they need.
The good ones that are trying to do the best that they can.
The good ones that are managing a career, school, etc. without neglecting their children.
Again, I am not trying to shame mothers in any way. I just want the record straight. When fatherhood is reduced to the showing of bad opinions, unresolved feelings, name calling and general disdain, it takes away from the MEN out here taking it to the max. In other words, there could be a reason why “part-time dads”exist that have nothing to do with them actually being part-time. Maybe, just maybe, their “part-time” status is not their doing. Maybe, their “full-time” status has been reduced because of said issues above. IT JUST MAY BE NOT THEIR FAULT!
For the Gentlemen doing the best that they can, this does not give you the option to slack off or stop. This means that, despite what may be said about you, you keep doing what you’re doing…if not more. Don’t let the words of some dictate how you help raise your children (some of this is directed right at me). Stay focused, stay involved. No matter the situation or circumstance, your impact matters. You were given a gift(s) from God and the very least you can do is show appreciation by being present, involved, and dedicated. That’s only the minimum. The more you add makes it that much sweeter in the end.
Until next time…
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