Sunday, June 19, 2011

seeing through the cracks

The fathers I know, it is easy to imagine them as they might have been in a younger lifetime. As high school peers, childhood playmates. I suspect this is because, oftentimes, I see them in a vulnerable space brought about by their parenthood. Exposed. Out of love, sometimes frustration, or pride. Raw openness. And at those times I feel a great, overflowing affection toward these men, whose fathering enriches the lives of my family and my community. I watch them struggle with patience, lead by example, teach, parent with fortitude. I’m moved by the tenderness I see expressed by these men – cracks in their otherwise seamless exteriors of professionalism or success or just adulthood.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you energetic, loving, inspiring, hardworking fathers out there. You are the most amazing men I know. Thank you for everything you’ve done and yet will do to better all of our lives.

6 comments:

Francesca said...

Nice words and nice post.

jenny said...

Well spoken, Lecia. Hope you have fun celebrating tomorrow.

KPiep said...

As someone who grew up with boys as best friends (and really, I have only found girlfriends in the last five years or so), one of my great joys in life is to watch all of those boys as they have become fathers.

thisfriendlyvillage said...

Nice thoughts and well said! :) Margaret

Emily Vanessa said...

Your words brought tears to my eyes thinking of my own Father who I love so much. It's all too easy not to think of them as young men, doing crazy things and full of dreams. Thanks for reminding me.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I think of my father, put up on a pedestal by his two little girls, expected to be all-knowing. I never thought about the pressure of it all. I just assumed he liked it up there.