Somehow it seems we just don’t recognize the feelings in our boys. Maybe they just don’t show them that often.
But, as for me, I’ve said it before – and I’ll say it again – I know there’s tenderness in “them thar boys” – a lot of it.
Recently a mom shared with me, that in a particularly rushed moment, she said to her 6-year-old son, “Come on – you need to help. If you are a part of this family, you need to help!”
That’s all it took, however, for this young lad to crumble and blurt out “I am part of this family. Without you, I’d be nothing!”
Oh such a heartfelt baring of his soul – proof of his deep, deep love and need to belong.
But – it’s true – on any old ordinary day – who would know this?
I felt the same for another little guy – 5-years-old, happy and content at Play Shoppe- an independent boy, not prone to showing his emotions.
Until he noticed his dad was gone. This boy was very familiar with us at Play Shoppe and since he was busy playing, his dad didn’t think twice when he ran out to their car to get something – without telling his son.
But this little guy noticed and his expression turned to fear and loss and the tears flowed.
Of course his dad quickly appeared and the both of them hugged – and I got to see his dad’s usually reserved emotions openly shared with his son.
So, that’s it … young boys… they grow up to be loving dads.