Last Friday evening, my wife and I were on a flight back from a week-long vacation in Boston, when I noticed the shape of a large man walking down the aisle. As I looked up from my book, I was surprised, and captivated, by the scene I saw.
Securely cradled in this man’s arms was a 1-year-old baby boy (I talked to the man later, and he told me the boy’s age) who was sound asleep. This dad was walking up and down the aisle of the airplane gently bouncing and rocking his sleeping son, in an effort to keep him soothed and comfortably asleep. From the baby’s contentedly limp posture, I’d say this dad was doing an excellent job!
After watching this scene for several minutes, I nudged my wife and pointed out the scene to her. After she saw it, I leaned over and said, “That’s the most beautiful thing I’ve seen all week.”
I’m always impressed by dads that are engaged in the lives of their young children. We all hear stories of dead-beat dads or absentee fathers, so I’m especially awestruck when I see a dad who is shattering these aforementioned sub-par pictures of fatherhood.
Here’s to all you dads out there who are actively and positively engaged in raising your kids. Your children are blessed call you dad.