Words from a Father

Husband of One, Father of Four

Tag: home

466. Without Reservation

Love and serve your spouse without reservation. Anything less will be sensed and resented.

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464. Storage

If you only have two kitchen drawers to store your utensils, use one drawer for things that measure and the other for things that mix.

449. Shows Parents Will Enjoy

Young kids like to watch shows, and they really like it when you watch with them. Pick ones you think are witty or interesting so you won’t be bored out of your mind. Try these:

  • Word Girl
  • Ruff Ruffman
  • Signing Time (surprisingly good music for a kid’s show)
  • Veggie Tales
  • Garfield and Friends (the original is funnier than the computer animated one)
  • Phineas and Ferb

444. Logical Life

If a scientist found one single cell on a neighboring planet, they would declare that they had found life.

We should celebrate all the same when we recognize the greater and more certain life growing within a pregnant woman.

This is not open to debate: Pregnancy is life, abortion is death. Science is not silent on this matter, and anyone trying to make the issue subjective or anything less than clear-cut is simply not dealing with the overwhelming facts.

436. Full Life

The way to a full life is to spend it on the memorable and the eternal.

432. Healthy Bedding

Wash your bedding each week or two. Dry clean your comforter each month or two. Replace your pillow every six months to a year.

You’ll get sick less often.

416. Marriage

Those fools who say marriage is just a piece of paper are the same ones who selfishly insist that everything in life is meaningless except for what they want.

408. Essay: One Shot

I only have one shot at raising you kids, only one chance to parent you. This time right now is never replayed — we can’t record it, rewind it, download it, or check out the source code of this time with you, and then change it in either my memory or yours. One shot and then it’s done.

I will father you for a little while and then you’ll go through a long transition where you begin to take real ownership of your decisions, become your own person, forge your own identity. That is when our relationship will change . . . you will decide to continue to be fathered by me or not. A lot of that will depend on how I have done until that point. It will depend on how I have stewarded our relationship thus far.

This transition will bring a new aspect into the parent–child relationship: friendship. You will move from being “just the kid” to being so much more. It will be friendship based on history and trust and lots more things I don’t understand. It’ll be a brand new era. But the decision you will someday make starts with the hour-by-hour interactions we have now, with the way I make you feel when you’re around me and how you feel when we’re apart.

I only get one shot at it. So my philosophy is that, at any given point, I want you to feel love. Whether I’m feeding you, teaching you something new, disciplining you, playing hide and seek with you, dancing, singing, talking, or running around the house with you, I want you to feel love.

I only get one shot, so I’ll take my chances with love.

403. Suggested Music: Marc Broussard

His Carencro album, specifically the song “Home.”

Incredible groove, but not difficult technically. The smokey character to his voice and the vocal acrobatics he is capable of are impressive. One reviewer likened him to a bit of Ray Charles; I happen to agree. Broussard’s live hurricane Katrina charity album shows those qualities off a bit more than the studio stuff, but that is expected. And his live drummer matches his intensity the whole way.

Listen to the studio version of “Home” by Marc Broussard here.

388. Quotes: Your Dad on Familial Love

“Without love, man finds no great home.”

—Your Dad, poem entitled “Great Home”

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