Ethan climbed in bed with Terresa and I early this morning. As I got up I found myself looking at that little guy and feeling so much love. Ther is a level of vulnerability I feel as a dad. So often on FB and Twitter we post only the best of our experiences. It's partly why I like it. However, there are many times when I just simply don't do it right. There's a lot of "I'm sorry" and "Dad would like a do over" in our house. We have a great family culture around asking for and allowing someone else to have a do over. Just last night Terresa took me off the hook by saying "we all deserve a good double standard from time to time." Beautiful and smart. She's way out of my class.
I know these kids need me. Honestly, I think I need them more. Life is good. Not just because of some declaration to the universe, but because I'm surrounded by these amazing people who understand "Dad" is just trying to figure this whole thing out the same as they are. My hope for you today is to feel a healthy bit of vulnerability. Brene Brown, one of my favorite speakers, said it best: "Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”