If, as the old ad says, membership has its’ privileges, then there are times when fatherhood has its’ privileges too. And, this is the real kind of privilege. The kind that gives more joy after received, not like the purchase of another item I don’t really need while racking up credit card debt I definitely don’t need. No, this is a special kind of privilege that every dad who’s ever received it will immediately feel deep down in his soul.
Is there anything we can learn that is good from the relationship between Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus that we can take with us as fathers? I think there is one thing, an important thing we can take from all that…that’s what I share in this DadPad blog post.
We arrived in Las Vegas and as you can imagine, it was hot! Of course, I wasn’t old enough to gamble (though I probably snuck in a nickel or quarter into those one-armed bandits as my grandma called them). The only place in Vegas that was kid-friendly was Circus Circus so that’s where we would go. As my dad spent time at the blackjack table I would spend time up in the arcade, playing pinball and arcade games. I won a rediculously sized St. Bernard stuffed animal that had to travel with us the rest of the trip.
Today I read a blog post from a young man I’ve known for years and he made me think a little more deeply about legacy. I got his latest post delivered to my email inbox this afternoon and once again his introspection and thoughtfully worded blog post caught my attention. This time it wasn’t about his mother and her fighting cancer (though maybe upon further reflection it did have something to do with his post) but about a sermon his pastor preached recently about leaving a legacy and legend and an ensuing conversation he and his wife had with another couple on that subject. Here’s an excerpt from his post:
No matter the task, it really has much less to do with my “passion” but much more about my “willingness” to do what needs to be done since there is no one else that can do what I can do in my family as a father.
They say dogs are man’s best friend. Mainly because dogs always make you feel special. Ours was no different. Ginger was a great dog and saying good-bye to her today was so much more difficult than I ever thought it would be.
What will you leave your children? I’m not referring to money. I’m more concerned about the father’s legacy you’ll be leaving them. Join us in this great project that will help you leave something more than a memory to your children!
What do your children know about you as a kid, what did you do when you were their age? Join us on the journey to leave a legacy of our lives to our children, before we are just a memory. Time to leave a memory that matters.
What will you leave your children when you leave this earth? Will it really matter? Solomon feared leaving riches to foolish heirs. Can you really leave something more important than money? How about a piece of yourself? Join the DadPad and start a project that will conclude with you leaving something much more valuable than money or material things.