Some people dream of being in a rock band. Others want to be a movie start or a doctor or a lawyer. But for me, I always wanted to be a dad…not for the societal norm reasons at all. When I think of why, the reasons are much closer to the vows people take when they get married.

As your Dad, I promise to love and cherish you with all my heart. I will bake you cookies and buy you ice cream and kiss you boo-boos. I will encourage you. I will show you how to be brave and strong— a warrior. I will hug you and shower you with love— not spoils and riches, but true unconditional love. I will teach you to go out into the world and be amazing. I will provide a safe place for you to fall when you make mistakes. I will watch you go boldly where no one has gone before. I will be incredibly proud of all you are and all that you will become.

But it didn’t work out that way— exactly. Instead of being called to love just one, I was called to love many as a teacher in a day care center. It’s not quite the same, but I certainly have the opportunity to make a difference— which is a life worth living.