becoming a father

A man’s biggest gift

Shaking his head in disagreement, John said, "I don't want to be a father. I like my life the way it is now. And I have other plans for the future, such as travelling the world.?
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John was sitting in his hotel room in Stockholm—another travel destination that he had crossed from his bucket list—where he had gone for a vacation. But his mind was elsewhere. It was his old man’s birthday who had passed away a few years ago.

John vividly remembered the day they had gone fishing on one beautiful summer afternoon. While they patiently waited for a fish to catch the bait, he had casually asked his father, “Dad, what is the best thing that ever happened to you?”

“That’s easy, you,” he had said. “Becoming a father is the best gift a man can have in life.”

Shaking his head in disagreement, John said, “I don’t want to be a father. I like my life the way it is now. And I have other plans for the future, such as travelling the world.”

His father smiled but didn’t say anything. His mind reminisced his 20s when he used to believe the same thing. “One day, you will understand,” he said and returned his focus to fishing.

The memory of that day was still fresh in John’s mind. Looking at the old picture in his phone they had taken on their fishing trip, he began to wonder what his father had said about the biggest gift in a man’s life.

Thinking about all the places he had been to, the parties he had thrown, the luxuries he had bought, now he knew what he meant. “Yes, you were right, dad,” John said softly with a lump in his throat.

His reverie broke when Sam called him, “Dad, let’s go. You promised we’d go fishing.”

John picked up the fishing rod and car keys, and as they walked up to the parking lot, he asked little Sam with a smile, “Do you know what a man’s biggest gift is?”

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