More on fatherhood

I love my kids. I have done ever since I first held a warm newborn body to my chest; I do so even though they argue with me and with each other; and I will do even after they have grown up and left to make lives - and perhaps babies - of their own.
As a parent I know that I will always be there in their minds, sometimes scolding and sometimes encouraging. But as my children they will always be here with me in my heart.
Becoming a dad is a funny thing - noone tells you what to expect because noone can. Each child is its own bundle of hopes and fears, and tears and joy.
I love my kids.

(Written at AYE in the 10 minute exercise at the Writing Workshop).