Friday, June 22, 2012
Lukas will turn five years old next week. 5 years!
In many respects that is amazing to me. How can it be that I have been a father for nearly 5 years? It really does seem at times like yesterday Mrs. LIAYF and I were holding a tiny newborn in our arms at the hospital, myself a little dumbstruck thinking about how I was going live up to the awesome responsibility of protecting and nurturing the fragile life that was gazing back at me through bleary eyes.
So far so good.
Today, I can report that after countless hours of sleep deprivation, worrying, tough decisions, and endless laughter filled days, I think I have grown nearly as much in these past 5 years as Lukas has. Which is significant.
But my growth, of course, has been as a parent. In the world of Malcolm Gladwell, I am actually now a Parenting Outlier. That theory posits that to be truly successful at an endeavor one has to spend at least 10,000 hours practicing or participating in it.
Well, guess what? Lukas is now 4 years, 11 months, and 26 days old. In hours that translates to 43,728 hours, and counting. That would actually make me a dad Outlier 4 times over!
Yes, that's all well and good but I'm not foolish enough to think I have it all figured out. I know that I don't. But I have to say, the father that I am today is a far cry from the one who was initially afraid I was going to hurt Lukas every time I held him in those first couple of days. Today, I am confident that I will make good decisions on my sons behalf. That I am doing right by him. That is a pretty amazing feeling, one that I am sure many of you share. But it's certainly not one I will allow myself to take for granted.
I know that I have to continue to learn both with him and from him. That I need to continue to look out for his well being, and let Lukas know that, along with Mrs. LIAYF, I am here for him whenever he he needs me (even when he thinks he doesn't) and most of all that I love him for exactly who he is.
That reminds me. A while back I wrote a post over at Dad Revolution called #DadStreaking.
I'm happy to report that I am still streaking. Those 4 years, 11 months, and 26 days that I mentioned earlier, well they also translate to 1822 days. That is my current streak. I have told Lukas that I love him 1822 straight days.
How about you readers? Are you a Streaker too?
Posted by James (SeattleDad) at 10:15 PM