Thanks for the comments. @MarvB, three girls here too.
This one has tested us to what we thought was the breaking point. Many times. What’s ironic is the traits that make her most challenging are the ones she gets from me. My wife looked at me one day when I was ready to kill our daughter and said “you know, she’s just like you.”
As parents, we’ve continually stressed the importance of perspective, compassion, and grace. You spend so much time wondering if your efforts ever took root, and then you have flashes like this that just overwhelm you with humility and happiness.
She heads off to college in August. As per usual, she’s determined to do it her way. I too hope she reminds herself of this perspective over and over.
Yep that’ll get you! Respect to you for being a good dad and raising a son who recognizes it and has the courage to come out and say it.Jason,
My middle son (32) recently called me out of the blue to say, "Thanks for busting your ass so we could go places you didn't."
What a great story. Last week I had the privilege of being at my youngest granddaughters college graduation.
Now I have 2 Granddaughters teaching, 1 learning to run a Family business. A Daughter that is a teacher, 2 grandsons in the air Force, a son in law in oil, one recently retired from the 82nd airborne out of Ft. Bragg. A daughter in law with a Doctorate in education a daughter in law an RN. 14 grand kids and 4 great grands.
Thankfully all raised in the outdoors.
My cup is wonderfully full.
Yet when the times come I loose friends or family. Time stands still, and I say to myself if only we had more time together.
Some is never enough