Gent’s Tips: Father’s Day

June 8, 2015 | By | Comments (0)


As I mentioned last week, I’m just getting my head around this whole idea of becoming a new dad. The last 4 weeks have been filled with excitement, gratefulness, fear, anxiety, snuggles, and love…and of course, quite a bit of sleeplessness!

Because I’m new to the game, and seeing as though Father’s Day is less than a fortnight away, I thought it prudent to call on another expert to share some brief experience on what fatherhood means to all us proud papas out there.

Brett McKay photo

Enter my friend Brett McKay, the founder and editor of The Art of Manliness — and also the proud father of two kiddos Gus and Scout. Brett launched The Art of Manliness back in 2008, and he has quickly built the site into the largest independent men’s interest magazine on the web. Out of their home in Tulsa, OK, Brett and his wife Kate tackle a lot of tough, interesting, and relevant issues on manliness — providing gents (and belles) with expert advice — told in a manner like it came straight from your grandfather. Be sure to visit their site, or pick up one of their books to learn more about becoming a better man.  Brett was kind enough to share this simple poem and lesson for the upcoming holiday.

In the hallway of my parents’ home hangs an anonymously-penned poem. It’s been there for as long as I can remember. I never gave it much thought as a kid, but since becoming a dad, it’s become one of my favorite poems. It’s a simple, gentle reminder to always be your best self because you’ve got a little person who thinks the world of you. Happy Father’s Day to all the loving and honorable dads out there!

A careful man I want to be —
a little fellow follows me.
I do not dare to go astray,
for fear he’ll go the self-same way.
I cannot once escape his eyes.
Whatever he sees me do he tries.
Like me he says he’s going to be —
that little chap who follows me…
He knows that I am big and fine —
And believes in every word of mine.
The base in me he must not see —
that little chap who follows me…
But after all it’s easier,
that brighter road to climb,
With little hands behind me —
to push me all the time.
And I reckon I’m a better man
than what I used to be…
Because I have this lad at home
who thinks the world of me.

Thanks Brett! Be sure to check back later this week, as I have teamed up with Holly Williams to put together the ultimate gift guide for dad!



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