Daddin': The Verb of Being a Dad
Inspired by the book, by Dion McInnis
To Breathe Is To See; To See Is To Listen
February 3, 2015Posted by on
Inhale. Exhale. One breath at a time. Each day, each moment. If you have lost your breath, catch it. Then see anew.
With lungs full of air, I am enjoying the view of my sons at their respective ages of 33, 29 and 22. (I also enjoy the view of the three granddaughters, 4, 1 and 1, but today’s message is about daddin’, not granddaddin’). I had been airless for quite a while; it is not a condition that I recommend staying in for very long. They have a term for that!
Keeping abreast of my sons is a combination of watching Facebook, talking on the phone and conversations when paths cross; the oldest uses Facebook as if on a mission and his siblings reject the medium completely; the middle son places phone calls several times a week as part of his drive home from work and on weekends; and, the youngest lives with me so our paths cross when his crazy schedule (work, school and fishing) overlaps with my crazy schedule. Of course, there is a mix of calls, emails and face-to-face for the scattered crew of three. One of the verbs/chapters of the Daddin’ book is about listening, and the process is still as rewarding and valuable now with three men as it was then with three boys. It is an honor and a gift to be able to “listen in” on their lives through whatever channels are afforded me.
Of course, all the verbs work together…listening leads to growing and playing, and all those things involve learning, and every breath involves loving. (Those are some of the chapters of the book for those of you who have not read it).
No matter what verb we’re talking about, or what story I am hearing, or questions I am trying to answer, or…. it is living. Living. Each day, each moment, with lungs full of air.
The boys are men (though there is, and always will be, a bit of boy left in them), their lives are changing, their dreams are developing and in each opportunity to witness their lives I know in my heart that they are living and loving. It doesn’t get much better than that.