Being a father is the single most honorable experience I've faced. To stare at the innocence in your child’s eyes knowing you hold the key to their existence now and beyond is to truly live. That’s just my opinion. It’s a shame more fathers don’t share the same idea of what it means to be a father. Far too often, both in today’s and past generations of fathers, children are left to fend for themselves with only one true example of life before them – Mom.
That’s not always the case, but it is a common theme throughout households today. As a single father of two in a society of ills, the last thing I want to do is follow the path of the bastard syndrome leaving my children to grow aimlessly without the example I longed for. Not a day goes by that I don’t struggle with the idea of my children waking up every morning to the sight of a fatherless household. I know firsthand what that does to a child. I lived it. Do they know Dadda loves ‘em? Do they know if they’ll see me again? Do they understand what’s going on? Don’t get it twisted, though. Fatherhood isn’t all about lament. The inherent pride that comes along with it drives me to be a better all-around person. Watching Lil E pick up that basketball and develop the proper shooting form he learned from Dadda brings me great joy and satisfaction knowing that I passed a skill set on to my son. You learn to really appreciate the simple things in life when you’re surrounded by the purity of a child’s heart.
By now, you’re probably asking yourself, “Who is this guy and why am I reading him ramble on about fatherhood?” I’ll tell you, if you let me talk. Shoot! You come to MANDOM to get your fill of all that makes us men. Fatherhood is just one aspect of our culture. I’m just one father in a society of dads. Twice a week, I’ll be taking you down this road of peaks and valleys if for nothing else, just to document my plight as a father. But, hopefully, to share experiences and help those of you who find yourselves traveling the same road I’m on. What issues are you as a father faced with? What has being a father meant to you? Drop me a line.