Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Dad, My Hero

As I think about my life, I have been so blessed with many things. I am blessed to still be here. As I look around in society, we have so many issues and so many things that's wrong and that tends to be all we focus on. All the negative gets media attention. Media tells us that fathers are not around and not taking care of their responsibilities, leaving woman to raise children by themselves. What about the fathers that do take care of their responsibilities and be fathers to their children. We never hear about that and I find it to be very odd!

I look at my dad and sometimes I get overwhelmed on how much of a great father he is to brother and myself. My dad has taught me so many things in life that I will never forget. This man has taught me how to dribble a basketball, throw a football, hit a curve ball and play the position of second base. Taught me all the things I love to this day and sometime I wonder where would I be without him. My dad kept me away from the streets that in the inner city call your name at a very young age. By him teaching me sports, I never wanted to get involved in the streets because I was too busy playing a thousand and one sports lol! I remember my dad taking us out to Temple Stadium and if your from Philly you know now that is Enon to fly kites. I remember going back to school the next day saying how excited I was about it but know one else in my class knew what a kite was or even know what fling it means. I began to realize that my dad was different from most dad's but I loved it.

My dad has been right by my side at every big moment in my life. His father was not in his life and I know in the back of his mind he was not going to let that happen to us. As I started to get older, he started to teach me about what being a man is. Although we did not have many conversations about it, he let me know by example. He let me know by his actions, how he took care of his family. He demanded my brother and I to get good grades in school because that's all we had to do as kids, go to school, come home, do homework and duties around the house, eat and then go to bed. Schooling was the most important thing to him. He use to tell us to that you can always win fights with your brains and not your fists. Knowledge is power was one of his famous slogans.

I could go to my dad about anything and he would never turn me away. He always had time for me and my family. He made sure we went on summer vacations every year, sat at the dinner table as a family during dinner and made sure he knew what was going on in our lives. I can say that as I am an adult now, I really didn't realize how much of an impact he has had on my life. I talk in the same tone as him, drive like him, think rational like him, romantic like him, have dimples in the same place just like him. I can honestly look at my life and say that my father has always been my hero. In my eyes he could do no wrong even though no one is perfect. Every mistake he has made, he has owned up to it like a man.

In today's society, I am thankful that I has such a influential man in my life to help me through the rough times, show me how to treat women, how to handle a household and own up to your mistakes. As society continues to put down men and some of them do deserve it, I want to celebrate my dad, Charles Jones and everything he has done for me. Thank you Dad and I love you very much!

Kevin Charles Jones       

1 comment:

  1. This was such a beautiful post, what a lucky guy you are to have such an amazing father!

    I look around and see so many entitled, spoiled, lazy people in my generation. I was raised to not only work hard but to work hard for everything I have. I was never spoiled growing up and I was taught to be thankful to have food at the table and my health. When I did ask for something, it was just the way it was if I was told no. Now I never see parents who say no to their children or who do not give in 5 minutes after saying no. We are raising a generation of entitled people who believe they do not need to work for anything.

    I thank my parents for teaching me to be thankful and gracious, to appreciate all things in life as well. They helped me be a person who focuses on things like family, friendship and being a good person rather than the material things. Looks like we are both pretty blessed. :)