As Father’s Day 2018 is fast approaching, we’d like to share a few of our sentiments on what it means to be a father.
Being a father means roughhousing on the floor with the kids climbing all over you.
It means going for ice-cream on the spur of the moment, preferably right before dinner time because that is when you’re most hungering for it. It also means getting the cones instead of the cups even if they drip all over your kids’ outfits, and yours. It means not caring one bit in the first place which outfits your kids have left the house in.
Being a father means falling asleep 3o seconds into the bedtime story, with your toddler sound asleep on top of your chest.
It may also mean donning a pink tutu and squeezing your large frame onto a tiny plastic chair to be served pretend tea together with a herd of My Little Ponies.
It means all of you eating a big bowl of chips and salsa in front of the TV, with everybody double dipping as much as they want. It means yelling at the referees and high-fiving emphatically, even if a few more chips fall on the floor in the process.
It means sitting in the passenger seat next to your fifteen-year-old at the wheel, clenching your firsts until your knuckles are white, forcing your face into a smile and your voice to be slow and measured, patiently explaining the virtues of leaving just the tiniest bit more space from the car in front of you, but definitely not yelling or speaking with the slightest tone of alarm in your voice.
Being a father also means taking a deep breath and forcing your mind back to when you were in school and got that C, or ran over that mailbox with your mom’s car, or forgot to take out the trash when that was the one thing your father had asked you to do. It means exercising patience and admitting to yourself that you might have, in fact, had the tiniest crack in that image of flawless perfection that you prefer to cultivate about your youthful self.
It means showing your son how to change a tire and finding a way to make your daughter want to learn how to change a tire too.
And it means that there are people in your life that love you unconditionally. They loved you when they were tiny and they love you when they are big – even though their love might be accompanied more and more often with an eye-roll as they grow up. They love you for who you are and don’t care one bit about your wrinkles, your receding hairline, or the extra pounds around your midsection. They also don’t really care about the Birkenstocks you are wearing, with socks, even though they might have made a joke about them.
Your kids also don’t care that you don’t know what a meme is, that you’ve never been able to use a pun or the word “shook” in the right context, and that your jokes aren’t always all that funny.
Yes, you may look into the mirror and mourn your hair loss. There will be a time to think about hair transplant surgery such as NeoGraft. But on this special weekend, know that your children are there for you no matter what. So go and make a fire and grill that big juicy steak, and breathe in the joys of being a father to the fullest.
From the Nashville Hair Doctor to all the fathers out there: Happy Father’s Day 2018!