The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

June 16, 2013

Being a father

By BRAD KELLAR

— Just sitting here, being a father ...

Yes, it is Father’s Day, when the Daddies in the world are to be honored for all of their patriarchal efforts, a day when we Fathers are presented with tokens of appreciation from our offspring, to say thanks for passing along our esteeme wisdom to the next generation.

You’re welcome.

As for me personally, I am not entirely sure what I have been able to bestow to our kids. I hope Nick, 23; Jaylynn, 14; and Jason, 6.5, feel they have benefited by simply having me around, as a shining example of what can result from having put in the hours and the work at being a Dad.

Because, to be honest, it is not an easy job. It has been decadesof helping with homework, dealing with nightmares, putting bandages on boo-boos and giving you the last $20 out my wallet for gas.

Occasionally, I also got to offer a few words of advice.

Of course, in reality, I also hope they are just glad I did not embarrass them in public too often.

I want them to know that being a Dad is a task I take very seriously. Yes, I am a goof and yes, I do make some really idiotic mistakes, but those mistakes were always made with the best intentions.

My wife Vida and my children and grandchildren will always be my top priorities in my life. They are the reasons I wake up and get of bed in the morning, the reasons why I work so hard and most importantly the reasons why I want to come home to the Estate each night.

If there is anything I have been able to teach my children, I hope that is the one lesson they have learned. I hope it is a lesson they never stop taking to heart, and one which they in turn will give to their own children.

Which brings me back around to Father’s Day. Yes, we really like the ties, the cologne and the cards. But if you really appreciate what we Dads have done, do us a favor and do the same for your children. It is the best gift you could ever give.

Of course, a new polo shirt would also be nice ...

Just a thought ...



Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer