You are among the ranks of a small group of men who are better known as Quadfathers. Going from being a Dad to a pair of fur babies to four children is no easy feat. You work tirelessly to provide for our family and to make our home a perfect place to live. I doubt you remember what it feels like to savor “me time” because it’s illusive here. Toddlers are a thankless lot who demand things like, “DADDY HOLD YOU!!!” and squabble mercilessly. Undoubtedly, being a Quadfather is the most difficult challenge of your life, but also the most rewarding.
A year ago, you were a professional formula mixer, baby burper, and infant soother. With the change of seasons, you are now a hero to four little people. You are the center of their universe and are held in the highest regard. Believe me, they are watching your every move. It’s apparent when I’m frantically searching for something and Harper correctly proclaims, “It’s right here.” You may not realize it, but that’s one of your signature phrases. I’ve heard you mutter it while looking for something many times over. It’s now a common phrase for little big man too. I know you are a powerful influence when the garage door creaks open and four little people exclaim, “DADDY!!!!” as they bull rush the gates to reach you. I promise, when I arrive home from work the welcoming committee is not half as excited as when Daddy returns.
As soon as the quads 5were mobile, you had a stunning welcoming committee,
Because of you, Mason knows it’s Jesus is on the crucifix in our entry way and Rylin distinguishes between an iguana and a gecko. Since I can’t carry a tune to save my life, you are to thank for Sydney’s sweet singing. Of course you aren’t the only one with influence around our house, four little people have quite the effect on you too. I know this when I catch you singing from their itunes playlist or reciting Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. You are beginning to see the world through new lenses and it’s beautiful. Even when the days seem eternal and thankless, I hope you never forget the way you family adores you, and the many reasons why.
Happy Father’s Day!