When the doctor approached him with a needle to numb the pain in the wounded area, Jeff cried out. "Dad!"
"I’m right here, son. I won’t leave you." Throughout the ordeal on the table my friend’s dad was right there with him, holding his hand, speaking comfortingly, and giving the 11-year old some peace of mind.
Years later Jeff still tells this story of how his dad inspired confidence in him. "That’s what a dad does," Jeff adds.
Fathers inspire confidence at key junctures in their kids’ lives. In a hospital. Attacking their studies. Persevering in sports. Facing defeat. Trying again. Earning a living. Being a gentleman. Being a lady. Being a Christian. Functioning as man/woman, a husband/wife, a father/mother.
"I’m right here, son."
The lessons a father teaches his sons and daughters live long after the moment. They reside in their hearts all the days of their lives.