I asked my kids recently to come up with a top ten list of things they think a good dad should be doing. My kids are 13, 10 and 3. This is the great wisdom I received in no particular order:
A Dad Should:
1. Love us.
2. Love our mom only. (I think this comes from their understanding of the 7th commandment)
3. Make money for us. (This sounds like my very mature 13 year old daughter. I think this can be rephrased into take care of our financial needs)
4. Wrestle with me. (From my 3 year old son I bet)
5. Love Jesus.
6. Spend lots of time with us.
7. Don’t get divorced. (Unfortunately they have many friends with divorced parents, kids worry about this these days, see #2.)
8. Go camping and fishing with us. (We go regularly)
9. Help us on our homework. (Algebra revisited, I am back in school with them.)
10. Write letters to us. (I write letters to them on special events and randomly, they love it and I recommend doing it)
What I got out ot of this list is they want us dads to love God, love our families and spend time with them. Something any dad can easily do but sometimes we lose site of what our family really needs from us dads. I will try to remember these things as I continue on my journey of being a dad.
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Go ahead, try it if you like. Don’t vote tomorrow and then go complain to someone how bad the country is. It can be done. In Fact it is one of your options as a U.S. citizen to use your vote any way you legally wish. You can vote for someone with the best hair, biggest car or http://aopinionatedman.com told you to. It is your vote. Actually for all non-presidential elections both republican and democratic parties are comprised of mostly nonvoters.
No one can take your right to complain which is your right to free speech against the government. It is just a stupid thing to say, I know, I used to say it.
Not voting is saying something in itself. It could mean you don’t care or you don’t like anyone among other reasons. It is becoming more and more apparent that democrats and republican candidates do not reflect what the voters want represented, so nonvoting is a necessary option.
So I am not advocating not voting. I am also not advocating voting. I am advocating doing what you want with your vote and then go complain!
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Why in the year 2014 do we still have gas pumps operating with what seems to be 386 processors and some kind of funky DOS operating system? All gas pumps these days are so slow that if you put in your information too fast it will cause an error. But if you swipe your card too slow like just under the speed of sound it cannot read your card. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!
Then when you get your payment arrangements made with the pump you are asked 50 (or so) questions.
Do you want a car wash? No, I want gas.
Do you want a fuel additive to save your car from sure ruin? No, I want GAS!
Do you want a good deal on nachos and cheese? No you stupid machine I want GAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!! (I was actually asked this once)
Do you want to upgrade your fuel to premium? No, for the love of everything holy just give me some gas.
Press button for fuel type and start pumping. Finally, some gas.
Sorry but this pump is now out of service. (This happened to me today, thus this post)
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One of my favorite songs. Only Jesus can love you like this.
I’ve heard it said that a man would climb a mountain
Just to be with the one he loves
How many times has he broken that promise
It has never been done.
I’ve never climbed the highest mountain
But I walked the hill of Calvary
Just to be with you, I’d do anything
There’s no price I would not pay
Just to be with you, I’d give everything
I would give my life away.
I’ve heard it said that a man would swim the ocean
Just to be with the one he loves
But all of those dreams are an empty emotion
It can never be done
I’ve never swam the deepest ocean
But I walked upon the raging sea
(Bridge) I know that you don’t understand
the fullness of My love
How I died upon the cross for your sins
And I know that you don’t realize
how much that I gave you
But I promise, I would do it all again.
Just to be with you, I’ve done everything
There’s no price I did not pay
Just to be with you, I gave everything
Yes, I gave my life away.