One of the biggest joys of my life is being called “Courtney’s Dad”. As we have both “grown up” through the years, I’m still learning how to be a better dad. One to the important things to remember in being a parent is…that it always a changing process (it doesn’t stop with diapers). You just get comfortable in a phase of life and then it’s on to a different phase in life for both parent and child. What is really good for me now, is that we are great friends. I seek her advice and input on different things, we talk and listen to each other often, and I respect her in so many ways.I think a big mistake dads often make is not being connected and supportive of their kids as they are growing up. They give them a lot of attention when they are a small preschooler but then not as much as they get older. There is a tendency to quit attending sports or school events in which they are participate or not taking time to spend talking with them (with eye contact and undivided attention) about their day and things that are important to them.
Like all dads, I haven’t always been perfect, like the time I was helping to light her fire baton when she was a majorette in high school and accidentally set the grass on the sideline on fire, which I quickly extinguish by stomping it out with my feet! I got a lot of laughs and applause from the fans in the stands and the local fire department asked me if I would be interested in being their “mascot”. I also enjoyed driving the sound truck for her majorette group in parades, especially the one when we were behind a enormous gorilla ballon and a country music line dance team who had large and loud sound system to be heard miles away which confused the majorettes and they ended up line dancing with the batons. I also recall telling her that eating a chicken biscuit and mellow yellow were good for her just so she would eat breakfast on her way to school…she now prefers yogurt with granola and a low fat latte.
Kids need us to be a source of encouragement and I’m still the honorary president of her fan club. I’m thankful for the many happy memories as Courtney’s dad, and I’m looking forward to many more in the future.
We can all be thankful this Father’s day for our perfect Heavenly Father. God is our constant source for strength, security, guidance, and love. I like how Max Lucado describes God’s love for us…”If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it.”