Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Braiding Hair

Being a father means that I have to learn to do things to help you. I do not think that the thought of me braiding hair ever entered my mind... and yet here is an example of me actually doing it. Even more astonishing to myself is that I want to practice so that I can get better at it. I want to make sure that whenever you should need my help with your hair that I am prepared to lend a hand.

I am always telling you how much I love to learn and that it is important to always have that desire to learn something new. It is not just things that you read in books either! Practical skills like tying a shoelace or braiding your daughter's hair also come in handy and makes life much easier. I cherish every morning with you. It makes my day to start my morning routine with you. 

I will always remember these mornings where our conversations run from what you have to do in your day to what Venus' atmosphere is like. All the while you eat breakfast and Papi braids your hair... I hope that when you are older that you are able to look back at these years as fondly as I will. 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Setting Examples

As part of our ongoing conversation regarding my role as a father I have told you that I am here to share what I have learned with you. I think of one of the most important things that I can teach you is the responsibility that we all carry in setting the right example for those around us. Everything that we do is seen by others. We would be wise to remember that little tidbit as someone is always watching, and probably recording it as well. The words we use, the things we do, and the way we carry ourselves will be seen by others. Live life understanding that your friends, your younger cousins, teachers, parents, and strangers will be watching. 

I do not want you to be afraid of someone seen anything or feeling overwhelmed by that reality. No. I want you to rise to the challenge and set the example. I want you to be a leader and blaze a trail that others will follow. Be brave, be smart, be yourself, and let the world see how to live life. It is something that I try my hardest to live up to as well. I hope that you see in me a man that is loving and caring, loves to learn, who strives to get better every day, that wants to see those around him succeed. That is the example that I want to set. I want you to see the trail that I have blazed and go farther than I ever thought possible. 

I do my best to set an example worthy of your eyes in the hopes that you learn from me, that you find inspiration, and that ultimately you do better than I did. Set the bar higher as there are no limits to the things that you can accomplish. Consider what you see me do as the starting line to what you can do. Build upon this foundation so that you can live out your dreams. This morning you told me what you want to do when you grow up, where you would like to work before starting your own company. At your age you are already poised to do better than your old man. I am proud and happy about that.