In our society today we hear so much about the wisdom of mom and grandma. There is not always a lot of appreciation given to fathers (the good ones) who give words of wisdom and sound, “fatherly” advice. This month we’re giving a shout out to the wise dads out there. What is bringing this about today, you might ask (Even though Father’s Day is fast approaching)? Read our little bus stop treasure and you’ll see what all the fuss is about!
BUS STOP TREASURE…
So this morning we were doing our usual morning routine and waiting at the bus stop, nothing spectacular about this. But I had an epiphany when I asked my daughter (a fourth grader) to get up so that the little boy (a kindergartener) could sit down on the bench. Nothing unusual about this right? Until the father (of a first grade little girl) says to me in a joking but intentional kind of way, “oh sure, then when he’s older and someone ask him to give up his seat on the bus for a woman or elderly person, he’s gonna shrug and say no”. For a brief moment I began to justify why I wanted him to sit down. Thinking to myself that he would be safer sitting down because the bus stop is near the street. However, I was standing right there and that would not had been an issue. We both chuckled but then it hit me, he was absolutely right.
How many times do we justify our instructions or decisions when raising (or caring for someone else’s) little guy, just because they’re the little guy? I was quick to want him to sit down because he was younger instead of making a teachable moment for him, by explaining why I would like him to stand and allow a young lady to sit down.
Yes, we do live in an age when women do a lot for themselves and everyone else, but it doesn’t mean that we should allow this sort of thinking to keep us from teaching our little guys how to grow up and be mannerable big guys one day.
With that being said, I think it’s time we start truly acknowledging the good Dads out there and giving them some kudos for their good Fatherly wisdom.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY GOOD DADS!!! (You know who you are)