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I’m eager to see my children grow. My wife doesn’t share this sentiment. She didn’t want Hayden to walk. I got him going and excitedly texted her a video one night while she was enjoying a girl’s night out at Busch Gardens. She didn’t want him to talk. I fill his vocabulary with witty phrases like, “Here’s the deal, bro” and movie quotes like, “Get off my lawn." I was the one who let him climb difficult playground equipment at 2 because I wanted to see how he’d handle it, and who put him on a Razor scooter at 3 because I was amazed at his ability to balance on his bed. Lately, he’s taken a liking to creating videos and recording podcasts. He recently turned 4 and who knows what adventures this year will bring.

The development of children amazes me. One of my favorite aspects of watching children grow up is witnessing their speech and language development. I hang onto every word and find joy in every new phrase that my children say and speak. And it won’t be long before Olive will begin uttering her first words.

"What I love most about fatherhood is the opportunity to be a part of the development process of a new life." — Seal

I think many fathers are like me. We live for the various stages of development. In many ways, we get to relive our childhoods again and share them with our children, especially if we have sons. During spring break, my wife and I introduced Quincy to the “Animaniacs" one evening at dinner. It’s become one of his favorite shows.

I vividly remember being his age (8). I’m 39 now and where I now stand, my father once stood. The lessons my dad taught me, I now pass along. And the words I said that I would never say to my children, I speak with little hesitation and then chuckle to myself knowing who it is that I sound like.

Happy Father’s Day dads; enjoy the journey. Relish each stage of life and fill their years with life. We get a season to be parents, a season to be mentors, and a lifetime thereafter to be friends.

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