No business terms today, just a time for personal reflection.
So to celebrate Father’s Day, my 6 1/2 year old son, Maximiliano, and I watched a few episodes of the ol’ Andy Griffith TV show. Launched in 1960, the show remains a classic in its sincerity, poignancy and authenticity about the ways of life. My son had never seen the show so we started with the original episode where Aunt Bea is introduced and another episode where Barney buys a car, both of them were absolutely hilarious and terrific to enjoy. Andy Taylor, as he’s known on the show, is on the Mount Rushmore version of TV dad’s in their impact on pop culture.
The responsibilities of parents are immense and in this blog I focus on Dads. My father, Arthur, passed away 5 years ago this August and by far, he was the most influential person in my llife. Dads, as do Moms, have an incredible gift in the time they can spend with their kids – listening, teaching, and helping – and it doesn’t have to stop even when the kids transition into adult versions of their younger selves. I miss talks with my Dad – whether it was about sports, being a Dad, running a business (which he did two in his life), or about nothing. Knowing he isn’t there for me to call when I’d like to, can be extremely difficult and has been hard to get used to. I’m grateful for the memories we were able to create and when I can, share those stories with my son.
My son is growing, and growing and growing – physically, mentally and emotionally – and he’s a treasure. I was 43 years old when I became a Dad and I thought I had experienced just about all the highs and lows life has to offer, but, boy, was I short-sighted. There is absolutely nothing like being a parent – from the worries about a persistent cough to the joys of watching him mingle among new friends. After reading my son two betime stories tonight – one about Curious George (some things never get old) and another about Spy Kids – it was time for him to go to sleep. As I was giving him a kiss goodnight, I told him that he was the best present I received not just today for Father’s Day, but everyday. He replied without missing a beat, Daddy, you’re the best present I receive every day too and I love you all the time.
Being a Dad, yep, it’s the best!