November 18, 2012
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I had the privilege of providing a book reading and presentation on my book Daddin’ to the La Porte Book Club the other day. Having to fight back tears at times as I provided context for the poetry and stories that I read, I was constantly reminded that the best job that I have ever had is that of being a dad. Most of the attendees did not worry about the holding back their tears.
There are rewarding times all along the way providing me stories for books, name for a boat (Memory Maker), and an ever-present sense of purpose.
As I write this, all three of the boys are doing things they love with people that matter to them. One is working the bonfire project at Texas A&M, another is preparing sausage from the harvest of yesterday’s deer hunt, and another is fishing. Their lives are full of passion, zeal, and reasonable expectations. Every time I talk to them or watch them or listen to them, I feel good about their futures. Add to that the budding life of the first grandchild and a simple truth confronts me: being a dad is about futures.