I love you.
Three simple words that carry so much meaningful weight. Words I get to hear my dad say to me before we end a phone call or depart one another’s house from spending time together.
As a son, it’s an affirmation. One that feeds my soul. Those three words breathe life into me. Yes, my dad loves me and I love him. When I hear those words, I hold my head a little higher, my posture straightens, and I continue my day-to-day business with a presence of love.
My dad, on the other-hand, would tell you those are three words that were absent from his father’s vocabulary. Now don’t get it backwards, my dad’s father was there for him and his three brothers, but the love my dad witnessed was more supporting of the family through hard work and dedication. But, while that IS an important part in providing for a family, there was something vital missing for him.
Fast forward to my parents raising my older brother and me. There’s one thing my dad wanted to do, and that was to be a more present father in our family. We say I love you, and mean it. What was more astounding was the love he embodied. He had enough to share. And that is exactly what he did.
As a retired administrator, elementary school counselor, and head high school football coach in the public school system in Missouri, you are often looked to as a parental figure to (sadly), a large number of kids. Kids whose parents were absent, or maybe kids that wanted to experience what a loving mentor looked like. My dad created a Love Culture within our community.
Many kids adored him. Still do to this day. He receives Father’s Day text messages from former players, emails checking in on him and my mom, and his favorites — birth announcements. Quite frankly, I think the birth announcements are his favorite because he knows it is up to the parents to raise that child in a home of love and a love for Jesus. And he offers that encouragement to the expecting parents.
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