Hey Dad!


Two words, an exclamation–my kids say, “Hey Dad!”

That’s the moment of truth in every dad’s life
Will you make time? Will you “block out your schedule”?
Will you say, “Hey what?” and listen and go where they want to go?

Recently, in one beautiful day, I noticed all three of my children say “Hey Dad!”

“Hey Dad! Will you play catch with me?” Jacob is eight.

“Hey Dad! Would you read me a book?” Anna is eleven.

“Hey Dad! Want to play basketball?” Ashley is almost fourteen.

They are getting older and I so am I. Turned 40 this year. But I no longer dread when they will never say those words again. Instead I simply take them up on the offers and enjoy the moment.

For some day we will say, “Hey Child!” and they will either answer or they will not
It depends on how we answered them as children.

For “Hey Dad!” is really not an exclamation. It is a question.

2 comments on “Hey Dad!

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  2. Strolling through wordpress, hoping to connect my writing with others, I came across this post and fell in love. You write like I do, simple and truthful, and I love this post because it’s so true. Our children are always asking (for attention) and whether or not we can stop our busy lives and take notice. Great job defining parenthood. I love the way you write!!!

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