I watched them stand in line.
I smiled from within & I couldn’t contain it.
I watched them jump into many adventures, each one a piece of life – the ultimate adventure.
I laughed at my children today – not with arrogance or malice or spite, but simply because I was a part of their world… and children laugh.
I was a part of my children’s world today. I made them take my by the hand so I could keep them safe… no, so I could lead them safely through my world. In reality, they took me by the hand and led me safely into theirs.
I laughed with my children today. I am Dad. I am Husband. I am Head-of-household. I am Protector. I am Teacher. I am a man of responsibility. When I was a child, I lived as a child, but when I became a man I put childish things away… reluctantly? No, begrudgingly… resentfully… almost with a promise of vengeance whispered within – silently mourning a wrongful death, and refusing to let go of it.
But, my childhood is gone.
I have children now. I am no longer a child.
Children are a gift. God Almighty has given me 6 wonderful gifts –
Because He loves me
Because He trusts me
I am Dad… a man of great responsibility.
My childhood is gone now.
My children took me by the hand and led me safely into their world today.
Because they love me
Because they trust me
They let me share their childhood.
I thank You, Lord, for the wonderful gifts.
I love You, too
I trust You
I thank you, children, for the wonderful gift.
I love you, too
I trust you
I laughed with my children today. I am a man of tremendous responsibility…
I became a child again.