|Here you are wondering why Grandpa Jim doesn't have the beard your dad does|
Sitting with you this morning I thought of all the lessons we dads learn from one another. Then I wondered what kind of a dad you might be.
I'm lucky to have two great examples of dads -- my own, and your mom's dad.
|Grandpa George when you were a bit smaller!|
What I learned was this - I was lucky to have a dad that was patient, that would gently guide me, and who if I needed him was there. The influence was subtle, but unmistakable. What I accomplished professionally was directly related to my dad. But the real lessons I learned from my dad, and watching your Grandpa George -- are the best lessons. How to raise a boy.
Yup- we dads have a unique role in life - something I didn't appreciate before. And now my favorite job is to take all those lessons, and be the best dad I can be for you.
Someday, son, you may have your own boy- and I hope I am there to hold him and pass on little pearls like I get from both your Grandpa Jim and Grandpa George. But for now I am going to enjoy every minute of holding you, and making you smile. Plenty of time for you to grow up- but while we both make this journey - I'm enjoying every smile.