Last Wednesday was a very busy, hectic and quite honestly exhausting day for me, and that’s because I was in two different places in the UK. This made me realise that being a dad is the best job in the world, and one that I have cherished since my eldest was born just over 23 years ago.
In the morning I was going to see my six year old twin girls in their school nativity play. These are always special moments for me. Mostly to see how the girls change from year to year, and how their confidence improves in front of about 100 parents. I often wonder how difficult this must be for such little ones, and it never ceases to amaze me how they perform with such confidence as if they have been doing it all their lives like seasoned professionals. I’m genuinely not sure I could do that myself, yet they do it in style.
This year was particularly special because now they are in year 2 which this means that they take centre stage, and the entire nativity play is centred around them. This is because it’s their last year in the infants.
Just four years ago we were all crammed into the nursery to watch them in their first nativity play looking a bit scared and frightened as all the parents are staring at them. That moment always reminds me of rabbits caught in the headlights!
So watching the girls carry off their parts was incredible, mainly because their confidence was just awesome and when the time came for them to deliver their lines they did so very clearly and precisely. not forgetting a single word. They sang all the songs with great enthusiasm. There really is a magic about watching your children grow and take part in such awesome events such as the Christmas nativity play. For me it is a moment not to be missed in your children’s lives.
As soon as the nativity play had finished I had to drive to Southampton to see my 21 year old daughters graduation which was to take place at 4.15pm. I arrived at about 2.30pm and met up with my daughter at around 3pm, giving us plenty of time to have a little chat and take a few photos.
After three years of very hard work this is truly the end of an era, and the beginning of the rest of her life. It doesn’t seem like yesterday that I was dropping her off to start her university education and here we are three years later celebrating her graduation and achieving a first class honours degree. Seeing her shake the hand of the dean actually made my heart burst with pride.
Feeling pride in your children no matter what age they are is something that will always make me cry a few happy tears, and this was no different. From a parents point of view it gives me a great sense of satisfaction that I have helped and been involved in helping them fulfil their dreams, watch them grow into adults and become successful and exceptional people in society. I do like to think I played a small part in that.
My daughter is now working as a fully qualified nurse and loving it. I have no doubt that she will continue to be very successful in her chosen profession. My daughter has the drive and ambition to achieve great things, that is a certainty.
I finally arrived home at around 8.30pm. It was a long day, but a very special day celebrating three of my children’s successes.
My children will always without fail bring me a joy and happiness that only children can, and make me so proud that I am their dad. Parenting at times can be very tough, but it’s moments like this that make being a parent so very worthwhile. Memories that only your children can create. For me it’s so important to make that little effort to make sure you miss none of those important milestones of your children’s lives whatever their age. It’s what being a parent is all about.
Thanks for reading. Have you had any moments that make you proud as a parent? I would love to hear.