Being a foster dad is awesome; an incredible blessing everyday. Truthfully, being a father in any capacity is a great gift and joy. One of the things that I love most about being a dad is all the things I get to teach my kids. Things like:
- Teaching them how to be self-sufficient and solve problems on their own like when something goes wrong with the plumbing and good ole’ dad needs to fix it.
- Or teaching them how to be inquisitive and proactive like when we need to watch YouTube tutorials on how to fix the plumbing when our first fix didn’t go so well.
- Or teaching them how to be wise and humble like when we need to look up and call a real plumber to come fix the bigger mess that I made before the entire house floods over.
- Also, teaching them how to match their clothes in the morning like how stripes and plaid go together because they both have lines in them, duh.
- Also, also, teaching them how to eat a balanced diet like a lunch of pickles (vegetable), mac n’ cheese (grain and dairy), and spoons full of peanut butter right out of the jar (protein and fat). I can even teach them the value of recycling and conservation by saving leftover food in your hair or pockets for later. For myself, I grow a beard to reap the rewards of a nice little flavor-saver. Mmm… my mustache still smells and tastes like garlic knots.
- And of course, teaching them more about their own selves and how to make various bodily noises and flatulent imitations.
With all these things and more, fostering brings a different kind of special to the mix. I am so deeply in love and in fondness of the little two-year-old girl we have. She may have other parents, but I am her daddy and she is my daughter—my little moon. And nothing will ever change that.
She may not have my eyes, but she has my every admiring glance and smile.
She may not have my ears, but she has my full attention and adoration.
She may not have my nose, but she has my sense of wonder and adventure.
She may not have my complexion, but she has all my hugs and kisses.
What she does have is what is most important. She has my heart. She has my mind. She has my soul. She has my very life, and I would gladly give it up for her.
She also seems to have my uncanny ability to make realistic fart raspberries on demand.
“It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.”– Friedrich von Schiller