I call it our team. It takes more than T and I to be a successful unit. It also take these four characters with me in the photo. Without them T and I wouldn't have any team.
I think back to what I used to be like and to what I used to have and my life now is so much better. It started with C1 and that was so hard at first. I didn't know what I was doing. Then C2 came along and I kind of had an idea of what being a dad was all about. Play with them all the time, teach them how to pee, play sports and watch sports with me. Then C3 changed all of that. Holy shit. I had no clue about having a daughter. Everything was different. C4...Well he changed it all. The ultimate mommy's boy and I love that. I love that my kids love their mommy so much.
It takes more than donating some sperm to be a good DAD. You have to be there. You have to be there for your wife just as much as your kids. It all goes together. Take care of your kids and do the best for them, then your wife will be happy and life will be easier. Take care of your wife and she will be happier taking care of the kids.
I have had a lot of ups and downs during my 9+ years of being a dad. But the one great thing about all of those ups and downs is that the kids have always been there for me. They are there when I leave for work, there when I get home. They are mad when I take the last of some kind of food they wanted (C1) or mad when I forget to fix that bike tire (C3). They are happy when I say its ok to watch a show on tv (C2) and they love the little things like bringing home a pad to draw on (C4). They never know if I'm sad or had a rough day. They just know that I am home and that is a great feeling.
I learned how to be a great dad by having great influences in my life when I was younger. My dad was so great to me and still is. He is there anytime I need him for anything. We never saw eye to eye on everything and we never will, not on everything. And that's fine, he raised me to be a good man, treat a wife good and with respect and to be smart enough to make my own decisions as a dad and not let anyone else tell me how to do it. My PoP-Pop was a great man. He taught me how to be a clown. Always being funny. Yeah, it gets old at times, but not for the kids. Just like I always loved him being funny, the kids love it when I joke and play with them. My Uncle Buzz, he was there to help out and is a good guy as well. My Granddaddy always made me believe that you are never too old to give a hug to your Granddaddy or Dad. He made sure that he always gave me one, no matter what.
Having these men in my life growing up and even now just makes it easier to be a good dad.
I love my kids more than anything. I would give my life for my kids. I would suffer for my kids. I would gladly do less for me than if I could give more to my kids. I cant even imagine being a dad now. My life would suck if I didn't have kids. I see a little bit of me in each of them. The good, bad and ugly. I laugh at it at times and sometimes I even cry. I always love.
No matter what happens in my life, I know that I will always be a dad. I hope that I am being a good enough dad that the 4 C's will someday say the same about me that I say about my dad.
Thank you kids for being there for me. You mean more to me on an every day basis than I'm sure I mean to you. And you will understand that as you get older.
Thanks for making every day, Fathers Day.
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