Monday, June 21, 2010

Fatherhood: From My Father...To Becoming One

Fathers Day has come and gone. I was so busy I barely noticed. I didn't have the chance to take two breaths and look back on what being a father has meant to me or to muse on how my own father has impacted my ability to be a parent. But I guess this is part of being a parent...some days you just get through it to slide in at home plate and then collapse in a heap. Circumstances being what they are, this blog entrty will have to serve as my musings and my remembrance of fathers.

About a year ago Jay and I did a video detailing how we met and at that time I mentioned a very unique dream I had long ago. When I was twelve I had a very lucid dream of being a grown man holding a little baby in my arms. to this day, I can remember every detail of it. The feelings that came with it were overwhelmingly powerfull and forever cemented the idea in my head that one day I wanted to be a father. What I couldn't see then was that I was gay.

Has Fatherhood lived up to the dream? In some ways yes and in others it has not. It comes with so much you can never forsee. Being the stay at home dad, somedays I feel buried in laudry and babypoo. Being a stay at home parent can be at times isolating from the rest of the world. Within the maelstrom of baby poo, owies, and tattle tales, you still have the space to recognize the gray hairs encroaching on what was once all black. ah well...

You also have the ability to see the changes your kids make over time. Your there when they have troubles with classmates...or questions about what a word means that they heard on the playground at school. My heart glows everytime I get a crayon portrait of our family done by Selena. Daniel is becoming a little man more everyday. You miss the little ones that they once were but celebrate the big kids they are becoming.

Sometimes its scary when I become my parents. When I have to use the "big voice" to let the kids know I mean business I get flashbacks of my own father. His word was law... and if he used the big voice, kids down the block scurried for cover. We went through some bad times, my dad and I....Divorce devastated our family and my dads response to his own pain was alcoholism. My teen years were filled with dark days where we all said and did things we wish never happened...but they did. My dad was always angry when he drank, it was like watching him become a whole different person. The loving dad that watched bugs bunny with us on saturday morning would be gone halfway through a bottle of vodka....clamoring for my stepmom to go to the store for another. To this day I still cannot stand to look at a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. I learned alot then about who I don't want to be. Now...whenever I have to raise my voice to my kids...which on occasion has to be done....theres a little stab of worry that I am becoming like my dad was then. Thats the legacy of my past that I don't want to become a part of my childrens future.

His own father had dies many years ago when he was just a toddler himself. I think about my Grandpa alot and I wonder how our lives would have been different had he not died in a car accident, leaving my Grandma with two boys to raise on her own.

My dad eventually pulled through and left the alcolhol our relationship is much better...though I still see the pain behind his every smile. Happy fathers day dad...and to you Grandpa, where ever you may be...

I love my kids immensely...they deserve to have the best of what Jay and I can give them. I think thats the core of parenting from which all else follows. It doesn't matter if its a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, or just one parent.....we do the best you can despite our flaws. We try to hold on to those days when our kids are small and can curl up in our arms but in the end we also know that one day they will be too big to want that more help brushing teeth or buckling seat belts. Soon the day will come when they dont want to be seen being dropped off at school by me let alone giving a hug to send them off. We have to help them make those leaps too...even when they break our hearts and make us proud all at once.

But off I go now... to change the laundry, put all  five kids through bath time and somewhere in there...cook us dinner. Our job is never done...sometimes I'm not sure I want it to be

Until next time dear readers...I hope all had a happy fathers day...


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  2. Happy fathers Day Bryan, you guys deserve the best. Hugs and love from down under.

  3. This blog entry brought tears to my eyes. HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!! Thank you for sharing your life! I think it is wonderful that you care for your family. I have always believed a stay at home parent is the world's hardest job. But you are lucky to be there for it all. A buddy of mine missed his daughter's first steps because he was at work and it haunted him for months. Much love!

  4. Nice story about your relationship with your dad.

    Mine is different. My father is firmly in the "Dead to me" category at the current time and likely to remain there for some time.

    And I don't think we'll ever see kids in this household since it's been identified that Keyron is the strict one, I'm the permissive one.

  5. Bryan..Selena and Daniel are so lucky to have you as a Dad. You and Jay are positively shaping the souls of two beautiful human beings. The world would be a much better place if there were more Bryans!

  6. You are the best dad I ever know!!!

  7. Thank you for sharing the story about your father and your thoughts about you as a father. After seeing yours and Jays videos on youtube and reading this blog I must say that you guys are fantastic fathers. Selena and Daniel are lucky to have you as you are blessed with two beautiful children. And also the other kids that you have in your home. But being a parent it not always easy. I have two young adult children. And believe me there have been some very though periods. But they are always the best part of your life. But remember to take care of yourself too, that can easy be forgotten when you have kids to take care of. You always think of them first so it is easy to forget yourself. So take some time for yourself and for you and Jay to of course. Hugs to you all.


  8. I too was a stay at home parent, and the little stuff can steal your brain away. The never ending laundry, dishes and food, food, food! But in each day are wee bright and shiny moments, that make it all worth while. And as the day draws to an end, the house is at long last quiet, dinner is a memory, tomorrow hasn't yet dawned, you realize what a truly wonderful job being a full time parent is. All the sticky kisses. The awe over an ant walking up the wall, how quickly things pour!, and of course all the little bickering that honestly are just so silly, at times it's so very hard not to laugh at them.

    Thank you for sharing your day/life with us. It brings back happy memories.