Shawn Maxam never needed to hear grand speeches from his father just a few simple words would have been nice.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
We often bemoan dads for being non-communicative or for stereotypical silence. Fathers who do engage tend to be potrayed as very emotionally eloquent and nurturing. I never had such lofty goals for my father. A few simple phrases would have sufficed. A few of them are:
I love you.
I’m proud of you.
Are you okay?
I was wrong/I made a mistake.
I know that my dad doesn’t say these things because his dad never said them to him. So I have decided to break they cycle. Not only will I say such intimate phrases to my children. I’m going to make more phone calls and genuinely say them to my dad.
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