Where do I begin?
You are my pride and joy.
Seeing you smile warms my heart,
Seeing you fall pains me.
I live for your achievements.
I will forever wish success for you.
When you stumble I want to be there to steady you.
When you tumble, my hand will prop you up.
I want to give you all my wisdom,
All my resources,
All my time,
All my love.
Son – I will affirm you.
I will praise you.
I will chastise you.
I will teach you in the way you should go.
I will provide you the tools you need,
To be the best version of yourself.
I will love you when you don’t love yourself.
I will show you your value.
I will keep my promises to you.
I will make time for you.
I will die to self for you.
That’s the love a father should have towards his son.
Dad did the same for me,
I’ll be damned if I don’t do the same for you.
I’ll be the best dad in the world for you,
You can count on it.
This may sound ridiculous, I hope it doesn’t coz every pore already oozes absurdity, but I always believed that after a certain age a certain invisible switch would be magically flipped and “adulthood” would sssslide in smooth as an eel (unlike me in them DMs).
I always thought that when I became a father I wouldn’t think like I do now. After all my wise father isn’t really the same person in his mind as he was pre-marriage surely? Right?
Ahem, turns out – THAT IS NOT THE CASE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! What made the realisation dawn on me was what I thought to be an innocuous conversation had after talking about my 90 year old grandfather and the Liberation War:
Joe: If there was a war between Zimbabwe and… Zambia for example, would you pack up your bags and take Kim and Mom to safety in a neighbouring country, or would you stay and fight?
Dad: I’d join the army… the Zambian army 😀
Classic dad joke. This plus numerous other exchanges raced through my mind and BOOM. Nuclear bomb went off in my mind. The first mental lightbulb in ages it seems.
Now that I know it was a massive misconception, looking at my father I’m supremely impressed… and looking at myself, I’m very worried 😀
Thank you for your time:)