…is Heeding the Call of Duty

…& I don’t mean on XBox360.

Dads: do your partners ever come to you with a need, & at the same time apologize for making that request?

We live in an age where we are encouraged to do things out of love, passion, excitement.  “Pursue your dreams.”  “You can be whatever you want.”  “Don’t tell me what I’m supposed to do.”

While I approve of all of those as reasons FOR doing something, they also shouldn’t be excuses for NOT doing what is your duty.

Dads can pout too, can’t we?

I can’t stay home from work just because I “love my son(s) so much.”  Similarly, I can’t ignore my wife OR EXACT EMOTIONAL REVENGE ON HER for waking me up at 4:30 in the morning.

Because we are a team.

Because she stayed home last evening while I went to a work function.

Because she provides 75% of their daily food out of her own body.

What our babies would look like if I had been in charge of their growth for 9 months

And here’s the kicker:  when your partner hits you with a request at your most inconvenient time, SMILE while you do it.

She’s coming to you because she is exhausted.

He needs help because he’s at the end of his rope.

She waited until the last possible moment to interrupt your sleep, & did it feeling guilty for doing so.

Don’t just do the action, perform the task in a way that makes them proud of the team they chose.  Make”Duty” your call sign, even if that call comes at 4:30 AM.

Zero Dark 4:30 – Operation Giggles in full effect

3 thoughts on “…is Heeding the Call of Duty

  1. Just thought I’d share one of my more memorable “Call of Duty” moments.

    Many years ago when my oldest daughter had reached the point in her life of becoming a woman, I get a phone call from my wife asking me to pick up some feminine hygiene products on my way home from work.

    This has never been a problem for me as I had done the same thing as needed for my wife throughout the years.

    What makes this story so memorable is the fact that the date was February 14th. The time was about 12:30 a.m. when I got to the store to buy them. When I got to the checkout line there was several other men in line all with cards, candy & flowers. As the cashier is ringing me up, she asks me if that was all I needed, putting extra emphasis on the “all”. Without missing a beat I immediately tell her that nothing says love on Valentines Day more than feminine hygiene products when they are needed! She laughed while the other guys in line gave me their condolences, but I wouldn’t trade that memory for anything!

    Keep up the good work and fight the good fight my fellow dad!

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