Far and away, the most rewarding aspect of my world is raising my two kids, Sophia and Alexander.
Now, I’m fully aware of my role as a dad. I understand that it’s my responsibility to impart wisdom and life lessons; to nurture and care for them; to provide guidance and strength. But the remarkable thing about the whole process is the amount of guidance and strength that raising them has brought to me. I’m in awe of the things that they constantly teach me.
I don’t want to downplay the fact that they’re excellent students; that overall they’re pretty righteous dudes at school. That’s all very important. But academics aside, they are old souls. The insight and observations that they throw out there crack me up and remind me that I constantly need to sharpen myself just to stay one step ahead of them.
I’ve known some parents who couldn’t wait for their kids to crawl, and then to walk, and then to talk, and then to drive, and on and on. But I can’t say that I’ve been in a rush. Each stage has it’s own rewards and I’ve savored every step they’ve taken as they’ve grown.
The fact that their Mom and I are no longer together adds an interesting wrinkle. Beyond a doubt, Alex and Sophie have been driving force behind maintaining a good relationship with the ex, which has forced me to grow and mature in countless ways. I owe my kids a lot.
Oh, yeah. And they’re kinda cute too.