|Isn't he a handsome devil?|
What makes him such a good father, you may ask? Well, he grew up with an outstanding role model, one whom he resembles more every day. Still, I don't think nurture alone can be credited with the full extent of his excellence. Nature has to be a big factor too, because this man's nature is a custom fit for fatherhood. Yep, our Big Daddy Dave not only has what it takes but passes every bit of that along to his kids. (They hit the dad jackpot, and boy, do they know it!)
I know it, too. And while I have no clue how my hubby/parenting partner manages to be both an anchor and an adventurer, a counselor and a comrade-in-arms, he somehow gets the job done. And where did he ever come up with the right blend of stern and silly to lead our sons and daughter, providing both fun and a firm foundation for living? From what source has he learned the intricate rhythm of stepping forward and standing back that encourages self-confidence in a child? And where did he ever find the balance of respecting and protecting that sets up solid boundaries without building too many walls?
One thing is certain. Whatever it is that makes a good parent, Dave has it in spades, and our children (and grandchildren) are the beneficiaries. I wish that every young person could feel as safe in the world as they do, knowing that he will always have their backs, in this life and the next. A father's love has the power to nourish the roots of a family tree for eternity.