I was reflecting a few days ago on how blessed I have been in my life. God has given me a terrific family, and I try really hard not to take them for granted. I also realized that I have heard some terrific things from them over the years. I pray that you get to hear this kind of stuff from your own loved ones.
“You have become the man that I always knew you could be when we first met.”
My wife said this to me a few months ago. WOW! I don’t know any husbands who wouldn’t enjoy hearing that. I would be lying if I said that it made me blush, but it did make me feel truly happy and thankful. My wife and I met when I was 20 years old – I had just finished my junior year of college. We’ve been together almost half of my life. Clearly, I have changed since those heady days, and I’m pleased that it is apparently for the better.
“You are just like Grandpa. Your parenting skills are exquisite.”
I’ve heard this from my mom a handful of times, and it never fails to make me smile. I have written here about my grandfather before in one of my all-time favorite posts: What makes a man a real man? Lessons from my Grandpa. He was a very special man – he loved deeply, and he wasn’t afraid to let it show. He taught me how to be a father. To think that I am like him is highly flattering.
“You are the best dad in the world.”
I have heard this from three of my four children, and the other one can’t talk yet. 🙂 Who am I to argue with their airtight logic?
“I love you, (Dad/Jason/Son).”
Having lost a host of relatives and friends and having mourned each of them, I can state with confidence that there are few things more important than telling others that you love them. I have no fear when it comes to expressing this, because I never want to die leaving anything unsaid or leaving any of my family wondering about my feelings. I tell my kids and my wife that I love them daily, usually several times. My kids know without a doubt that I love them unconditionally (which is the only real love around, in my opinion).
There is an appropriate song that just came to mind from the movie “The Bucket List”. Enjoy!