How would you handle the press?
How would you handle the stress?
Should I celebrate my Dad being a dad?
Some (I realize) would be quick to shout out, “No!”
As a Dad I know I made mistakes.
I wasn’t absent, yet
I see that now.I could have done more.
I didn’t see that then
Still I feel special when my kids say, “Thanks for being my Dad.”
It feels like they’re saying, “Even though you’re messed up Dad being a father wasn’t an option for you and I salute you for that.”
What I believe I did right:
I often got involved in my children’s lives even when it sometimes made them uncomfortable having me around.
I attended baseball games and cheered.
I stood on the sidelines at soccer games and yelled my approval (and disapproval).
I sat (until I couldn’t) … then anxiously paced the deck at city swim meets.
Most of the time I hung out with my son when he needed me to.
Most of the time I hung out with my daughter when she needed me to.
I was the rare father at PTA meetings. The chairperson acknowledged my presence, “Sir! Sir! Will you kindly take your seat and let someone else have the floor?”
I sat them on my lap when they were small and read to them.
I poured (what I supposed my) wisdom into their sponge absorbing minds.
I didn’t beg or bribe them to get better grades on their report cards.
I took them camping until their Mom said she wouldn’t any longer sleep in a tent on the hard ground. (That’s when we bought a small truck with a camper shell and threw a double sized mattress in the back—remember?)
I let them win at games (sometimes).
I was fairly civil to those who wanted to date my daughter.
We went to church as a family
I taught them to value the Bible because
I value it.
I prayed with them and for them (and still do).
I loved (and still love) their Mom.
Then I don’t think I had a motive beyond, “I want my kids to grow up well and become responsible citizens.” (Meaning not necessarily donkeys or elephants).
Now though I’m hoping they won’t be embarrassed to be around me when I need my diaper changed.
I won’t ruin the movie for you if you haven’t seen it.
But I will say this much:
It’s a classic tale of evil in opposition to good.
Moreover, it’s an action/drama with eye-popping special effects.
Queen Ravenna: the personification of evil
Snow White: a savior
The Huntsman: a (reforming) drunken disciple
A Giant Troll
A Giant White Stag
(Oh … there are also snakes, a Magic Apple, and fairies).
Story Line: Queen Ravenna schemes to get Snow White’s heart. Snow White escapes the Queen’s plan. Both ladies have their passionate followers.
Unlike the fairy tale there is an actual good versus evil struggle going on in our world. Like the fairy tale the heart is the prize. Unlike the fairy tale the danger is real and includes everlasting consequences.