Ama: A Father’s Tale
By N Mark Castro
How One Generation Loves … The Next Generation Learns.
There are few things on any subject that I am reluctant to speak or write about … fatherhood is one of them, but, every so often, it needs to be addressed.
The holidays are always one of the toughest times to balance moderation and excess for children.
- What do we buy them?
- How many do we buy?
- And for how much?
- Do we go with Santa?
- Or the baby Jesus?
There are more questions than answers since fatherhood — or parenthood — doesn’t come with an instruction book. And so, often, we draw from our own childhood experiences and dredge up all those feelings of “want” that were never fulfilled. We carry the baggage from one generation to another, repeating the same cycle yet hoping for things to turn out differently.
But if you manage to do it right … there’s a whole world of possibilities that you can pass one of the greatest lessons in life.
And allow you to give a better perspective on the things we leave behind … the true of a parent, and not some weekend father that displays it for the world to see yet pronounces more of his weaknesses rather than his presence.
Because if you do it right … you will learn the true joys of fatherhood doesn’t come from Facebook pictures but from the memories you’ve built in their hearts.
Father and Son will always have their differences. It’s in their nature: as the children assert their independence, and the father lets go his control.
And yet both will always hope that wherever you go, whatever you do … know that you have been loved.