Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Power of a Parent

Tonight as I was tucking Jessica in she asked me, "Dad, would anyone ever rob our house?"  This was completely out of the blue and I was kind of taken aback.  I replied, "Well, it's very unlikely."  She said "Sometimes when something gets lost for a long time, I worry that somebody robbed us.  Or when you're gone for a long time, I get scared that somebody took you."  

"Jessica, nobody is going to rob us."

"So I shouldn't worry about it?"


Jessica (with a big smile on her face):  "OK!"  Then she rolled over and snuggled into her blankets.

What power we have as parents.  The power to calm fear or inspire fear.  The power of being completely trusted by our children.  What will I do with that power?  I read a great quote from Abe Lincoln today:  "Whatever you are, be a good one."  I love the simplicity of that advice.  Here's hoping I can be a good dad!


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