Early this morning, my son woke me up by delicately taping on my shoulder. My eyes opened to dimly lit surroundings when my son put his face into mine; startling me. He beamed from ear to ear like it was Christmas Morning. And then he said it. He’s said it for the last seven years, but something was different about today. It was unlike any time before. I thought it was his expression, maybe the way he said it. Or it could’ve been how the sun delicately cut through the wood blinds in just the right way to highlight dust particles hanging in the air. No matter what it was, it is a moment that I will never forget. A moment when he grabbed my face and said: “Happy Fathers Day Daddy!”
Even though Sundays are my only day to sleep in. And yes it was 6a. My heart melted in that moment. My son quietly asked what I wanted for this special day. My response was simple, I asked that he and his sister not push each other’s buttons. With devilish grin and ornery look he said, “being good is hard Dad.” So true and just amazingly funny. Isn’t that how it is? By the time a man can realize that maybe his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong. What a Fathers Day Moment!
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
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Moments like this are ephemeral. They are a brief look into real life. They are ordinary moments that reveal a great deal more than the perfect moment we long for; they are the true and real moments subtly living in the in-between. No matter how big or small the moment is, it touches your life in an incalculable way when you are present for them.
To all the Fathers out there be intoxicated in the present—the here and the now—so you can see the beauty right in front of you.
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