… acknowledges the honour bestowed on him by the Divine Ones
… is mindful of the life his ejaculation awakened
… respects the one his child calls “mother” (whether that’s easy to do or not), always aware that she’s given him a gift no other could.
… is committed to the rearing of little hands and feet into powerfully productive minds
… is the one who always makes it a point to be present, with or without presents
… doesn’t recklessly dismantle the child’s belief in his power to make every cut or scrape, every bruised knee or ego all better with his hug.
… is the first
Protector of innocence
Creator of giggles
Model of a disciplined life
Giant with the most comfortable shoulders
Example of what a husband looks like
Blueprint for manhood
… is there, through early morning wakings, missing teeth, first bikes, and first loves
… will settle your crumbling world with the touch of his hand
… protects at all costs, sacrifices whatever, whenever if necessary
… does his best, always, to nurture his seeds, whether seedlings or full bloom, with love.
A father is not replaceable and cannot be substituted for, even with the best of intentions from a single mother.
A father is the ultimate expression of manhood!