A Father's Wish
by Anthony Rettino
I gaze at my two sons - and the feeling is indescribable.
So much innocence and so much joy, yet I know there are challenges ahead, mountains to climb, emotions to deal with.
How can I best prepare them for life?
How can I prevent them from making the same mistakes I made?
How can I protect them from the evil in the world?
Considering this, I realize the best thing I can do is to let them be themselves, accept them for who they are, encourage them along the way, and wish for them the best that life can offer.
I wish that they will find happiness where there is sadness, hope where there is despair and meaning where there is confusion.
I wish that one day they can know the love of a child, hear their footsteps as they walk through the door, and gaze upon them as they sleep.
I wish for them that they will find true love, as I have found it with their mother.
I wish that they will be happy and fulfilled in their chosen professions, that they will be able to balance work and family, and find the time to help others less fortunate than they are.
As for me, I wish that I can be every bit the man they see when they look at me with their adoring eyes.
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