Enjoy your children. I will end here as this is the cheeriest thought on which to dwell. Your children are a gift from a loving God, sent to bless, encourage and challenge you to grow. I read somewhere that being a parent is your last and best chance to grow up. I never knew what that meant until it happened. Through my children I have begun to learn what it means to be a humane, caring man. They inform my outlook on life even though they are now grown. My responsibilities to them will never be over, but they now are reduced to such an extent that I can fully enjoy the gift that they have been, and continue to be to both Pam and I. It is a great responsibility to be a father, but it is a great privilege as well.

 

In these last seven posts I have sought to put down some of my thoughts regarding parenting. I don’t claim to be any kind of expert; these are just some of the things I have learned; that my children have taught me. If you got something out of them, great. If you didn’t, that’s fine too. But nobody has children to learn lessons; you have children to have fun! And lessons, aside, what truly remains when they have grown and gone is the memories you have of them: dressing them up for Halloween, going to the beach at Port Stanley, teaching them how to swim and ride bikes and ski, going to Disneyland, and the cottage on Georgian Bay, living in Malumghat and Kandern, seeing the Himalayas, and St. Peters, climbing the Eiffel Tower, and the Monkey Temple. These things may mean little to you, but to Pam and I and our kids they bring back a whole host of associated memories that flood the mind and stir the heart.

 

It was wonderful being a parent. I feel so blessed and fortunate. Everyday I thank the good Lord that in His great goodness He gave me these wonderful gifts. If you are a parent, you will know what I mean. If you are not, may the Lord bless you with children, as He has blessed both Pam and I.

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