Why A Tearjerker Song Makes Me Smile

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  1. I don’t know if 90% of being a dad is showing up. But, it’s a big part of it.

    My dad didn’t show up as much as I would have liked for a variety of reasons. I used my dad as an example of what I didn’t want to be as a father.

    While I’ve made mistakes as a dad, I think I’m doing a pretty good job when it comes to the areas of not being like my dad.

    For instance, I’ve been at every single one of my younger son’s baseball practices & games this year and every single soccer practice and game for my older son.

    I may be tired. I may not get as much “me time” as I’d like. But, I show up.

    The toughest part about wanting to show up is when two kids have two different activities at the same time…

    • Bill Cosby said that you’re not really a parent until you have two kids or something like that, and he’s right. Managing multiple (and sometimes conflicting) schedules, making sure everybody gets enough time, etc. It can definitely be a handful, but it sure is rewarding.

  2. I, too, grew up with that song and an understanding of it as being a universal truth. That is how it was to have a dad and/or to be a dad. As a person of the female persuasion I didn’t feel as invested in how different I would be, because to me, moms were the ones always there. I confidently knew I would be too. And I have been. Yay!


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