Dads are the best when they are around to help raise their kids.
I found this mosaic in the New York City subway and it reminds me how much I appreciate the modern dads I see all the time carrying their babies in backpacks or playing with and caring for their young children. It’s so different these days from when my own dad was a new father. Don’t get me wrong. He loved his little children and was a good provider, but most of the parenting of young children in those days was from the mother. And it’s even somewhat different today from when my husband Dean Evenson was a new dad. He certainly did his share of diaper changing and holding our babies, but I don’t recall him carrying them strapped to his body in a baby pack. Dean does like to recall the moments just after our second daughter’s home birth when he held her and looked into her eyes as her spirit gradually began to fully inhabit her body after the miracle of birth.
We hear lot about the progress made for women in terms of equality in the workplace and that sort of thing but I want to take a moment and honor the progress made for dads who are getting to spend more quality time with their babies. It is such a blessing to hold a tiny new life next to your body and feel that intimacy and warmth of hearts beating together.
On another note, I once heard a definition of a “good husbandman as one who knows when to plant the seed.” A ‘husbandman’ is a farmer or a person who cultivates the land and of course there are good and bad times to plant seeds so they will grow to fruition. Of course a husband is also a partner in a marriage or a relationship so it makes sense that there are good and bad times to ‘plant the seeds’ of new life. I would also add that a ‘good husband’ would also know to stay around and tend the garden of the family.
So hooray for the good dads everywhere in every culture. May you enjoy the blessings of fatherhood and may your children honor and appreciate you! I would love to hear about your dad or your partner or your experience as a dad and for those who comment on my blog I will send you a free mp3 track of our relaxing music.
To honor dads this month Soundings of the Planet is having a sale of all our CDs so use this code at soundings.com to get a super discount. FATHERDAYS15. Dads need to relax too.