All Pro Dad
One of my favorite movies is the movie “Dad”. It premiered in 1989 and starred Ted Danson playing an adult son of Jack Lemmon. The plot develops around the relationship that never took place during Danson’s character’s childhood. Now health problems have called him home to be with his ailing and aging dad, and finally a relationship begins to develop. The plight of the movie is in the lost years of the relationship. It seems that other things were always more important than the relationship between a dad and his son.
Just over a month ago, my youngest child went off to college. It was a rite of passage that has a definite sense of finality to it. For my wife and I, our kids no longer need us all day long. They will check in as needed, but the day-to-day opportunities have changed. As I look back on those formative years, I think about the question, “Did I do all that I should have, could have and must have done?” I suppose I will not know. What I do know is that I loved every minute that I spent with my kids. It is an honor to hear them call me Dad.
One of the things that I routinely did when my kids were in grade school and middle school was to take them to McDonald’s on Friday mornings for breakfast. It was a great way to end our week and they still talk about the silly things that we used to do together at those breakfast meetings. We talked about many life skills and character traits at those breakfasts as well. Looking back, I’m so thankful that I took time out of my busy schedule to make memories with my kids.
Dads, this invitation is for you: Please join us on the first Friday of each month for our All Pro Dads meeting. We start with Mass at 7:00 a.m. and then come to the school for breakfast and conversation between dads and kids. I’ve asked Asha to make a great breakfast that the kids will love and dads will too. I’ve even decided to excuse kids from the first few minutes of class so that they can be with their dads for a few extra special minutes.
Dads, you’re kids are worth it. Invest some time into our All Pro Dads program. You won’t regret it!
Our next meeting is this coming Friday, Oct. 5th. Even though it is a non-school day, we will still host a meeting and have a free-will offering breakfast for all in attendance. Please RSVP by next Wednesday so that Asha can make enough for all to attend.