Low-grade obsession, my confession, brews in my soul about this “treehouse business”. There is something about completion, of a project, for some of us men who who are perpetually, powerfully, swamped from LIFE’s demands and all of my fans (HA! There are no fans … I was just kidding). For lack of better term, I have been intensely focused on getting the “floor support” completed, necessary for accomplishing the alluring & visual goal hovering ahead of me: getting the floor (finally) completed. I saw the design in a book and decided I wanted to try it. When I saw the design it resembled a spider web. Then two days ago when I showed my daughter a picture of what I had accomplished, she simply said “Cool Dad! It looks like a spider web.”
Ironically, I don’t like spiders. So, I use a mind trick and immediately think of Spider Man.
As you can see in this picture, I might be ready for the flooring. Part of the driving force for me to build a treehouse was my desire to do SOMETHING (hopefully positive and meaningful for my daughter) that she would remember her dad for (among other things of course. After this, I will start on what my son calls “a lodge” … which I am pretty sure is a small shelter made from timbers with a roof and walls and some kind of small porch in front. I just want to be a good dad.
My dad is the best dad on the planet. He is out of state, in a place where I left from … many years ago. Mom & Dad have always loved me unconditionally, and have been there for me in my darkest hours. The way I describe myself as a son is far different than how my parents would describe me / look at me. I am a prodigal son. Again, my parents would not agree with that. I hope that I can be a far better dad than the son I was … for my dad. This whole “Fathers Day” thing is a mixed bag. I wouldn’t be surprised if many men experience something quite similar. Well, I’m virtually out of time, so here’s the third topic: courage.
I am privileged to meet with a group of men on a regular basis. These men are focused on improving their lives. It hit me, the last time we gathered, that these men all have great courage … in the sense that they keep getting up in the morning; they keep showing up; they keep working; they keep living. That’s what I need to remember. I need to keep showing up. I need to keep on, and to keep on with with good, redemptive, honorable, passion.
I’ll wrap up with a greeting to the best Dad on the planet: Happy Father’s Day, Dad.
- Father’s Day (kwiksparonkloof.wordpress.com)
- Happy Father’s Day to An American Veteran!! (thefamilykalamazoo.wordpress.com)
- How to Honor Dad on Fathers Day (tinyprints.com)
- Father’s Day Quotes | Messages | Wishes 2013 (whenfathersday.wordpress.com)