It’s Father’s Day and dad’s time to illuminate and be appreciated. My father, who I affectionately call “Willie” sometimes, is a solid father! And you can’t get it better than that. Growing up, he was outnumbered in the house; a wife and 4 girls. Yikes! But, he had that thing down like most men have; letting us think we were running something, when in fact he set the standard. Even my mother who we call the “giant” in the family fell in line when “rock solid” put his foot down. She complied kicking and screaming though. LOL!
I along with my oldest sister and niece joined my father at church today. He was all suited up in his usher uniform but the women took the wheel and were the escorts today. The message from the pulpit was about the “ideal father”; a saved man of God who welcomed his parental responsibility and embraced the value of “training up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” My dad took an active role in our upbringing and I can recall him being the disciplinarian more so than my mother. Of course, I was a “good girl” so I didn’t take too much of his time. Now my sister Donna on the other hand, that’s another story. That girl, I tell you, you gotta love her. I can recall the time like it was yesterday when my father punished her for acting out at school; she couldn’t go to the skating rink with us. Back in the day, Shamrock skating rink was the place to be. My sister cried, screamed and stomped her feet in the middle of the yard like someone was killing her as we drove off. My dad stopped the truck in the middle of the street and got out and she took off like a track star and my father pursued. So y’all know she got some extra attention that day; making my father run. He didn’t play that.
I felt safe and secure as a child and that covering my dad provided to his family still lives out in my life today. His presence and commitment to his family above all else is one of the attributes I admire and cherish about my father. Family was his first priority back then and it still is today.
Happy Father’s Day! XOXO ~Chante
Chante Prox is a family law attorney and mediator practicing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area @ http://www.barnesproxlaw.com or follow her on twitter @ https://twitter.com/chanteprox for her sometimes random thoughts and whatnots.
Disclaimer: This information should not be considered as legal advice. Decisions should be based on consultation with a licensed attorney. This blog is for informative purposes only.