“Being a dad isn’t just about eating a huge bag of gummy bears as your wife gives birth. It means being comfortable with the word ‘hero’.”
|I was interviewing Jan Tuchman (Former Editor and Chief of Engineering News-Record), and I had to pause a second to compose myself. You see, one of the most important rules of podcasting is: Never let them see you cry.|
I was on the verge.
I had asked Jan, “If you could spend a day with anyone (alive or not), who would it be?”
Her answer was if it could be anyone, she would spend it with her dad. She just wanted one more day with her dad.
Think about that.
As a father and son, that answer really hit me in the feels. And like I said, I had to take a second.
Fresh off two weeks away at Army Reserves, I’m dedicating tomorrow as Mother’s Day Part II in my house. And Sunday, while my kids will want to make it a special day for me, I’ll be focused on making it a special day for all of us. The best present is our presence. And, of course, I’ll find time to spend with my dad and make sure I tell him how much I appreciate all he’s done for me.
If you are a father, son, daughter or wife, I challenge you to do the same.
I leave you with this poem:
|“You Got it From Your Father. It was all he had to give. |
So it’s yours to use and cherish, for as long as you may live.
If you lose the watch he gave you, it can be replaced.
But a Black Mark on Your Name, son, can never be erased.
It was clean the day you took it, and a worthy name to bear.
When he got it from his father, there was no dishonor there.
So Make sure you guard it wisely, after all is said and done.
You’ll be glad the name is spotless, when you give it to your son.”
|Happy Father’s Day!|
BJ Kraemer, President