September 18, 2007 Jason

Food For Thought: Fatherhood

It’s been a long time…I shouldn’t have left you…without a dope blog to browse thru…

…anyway, whassup people? I was just vibing on the concept of being a father. I am 34 days away from becoming a father. (OMG!) This is definitely gonna be a new position in my life for many reasons. One obviously reason: I’m about to do something that I’ve never see before. My father wasn’t in the home when I was coming up. Thank God I have a relationship with him now, but prior to that, I may have seen him once or twice a year. Well, before I attempt to do something that I’ve never done before, I must find out the meaning of the role that I’m about to take on.

fa·ther [fahther] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation

–noun

1. a male parent.
2. a father-in-law, stepfather, or adoptive father.
3. any male ancestor, esp. the founder of a race, family, or line; progenitor.
4. a man who exercises paternal care over other persons; paternal protector or provider: a father to the poor.
5. a person who has originated or established something: the father of modern psychology; the founding fathers.
6. a precursor, prototype, or early form: The horseless carriage was the father of the modern automobile.
7. one of the leading men in a city, town, etc.: a scandal involving several of the city fathers.
8. Chiefly British. the oldest member of a society, profession, etc. Compare dean1 (def. 3).
9. a priest.
10. (initial capital letter) Theology. the Supreme Being and Creator; God.
11. a title of respect for an elderly man.
12. the Father, Theology. the first person of the Trinity.
13. Also called church father. Church History. any of the chief early Christian writers, whose works are the main sources for the history, doctrines, and observances of the church in the early ages.
14. Ecclesiastical.

a. (often initial capital letter) a title of reverence, as for church dignitaries, officers of monasteries, monks, confessors, and esp. priests.
b. a person bearing this title.
15. fathers, Roman History. conscript fathers.

–verb (used with object)

16. to beget.
17. to be the creator, founder, or author of; originate.
18. to act as a father toward.
19. to acknowledge oneself the father of.
20. to assume as one’s own; take the responsibility of.
21. to charge with the begetting of.

–verb (used without object)

22. to perform the tasks or duties of a male parent; act paternally: Somehow he was able to write a book while fathering.

 


Now…I want to emphasize a couple of definitions. Number one says “a male parent.” The word “parent” comes from the latin root word “parere” which means “bring forth, give birth to, produce.” Many men do not bring forth anything. To produce something means that the thing you produce is considered your product. If you have a product, you tend to take care of it, right? If you created a masterpiece, what would you do with it? Would you abort your potential masterpiece in the middle of the process? Would you help someone create a masterpiece and then pay a monthly fee to keep the product running without seeing it? Would you paint your imperfections on your masterpiece? Unfortunately many men do this to their kids.

Number three is a powerful definition. I want to emphasize one part of that definition. “The founder of a race, family, or line…” Fathers are responsible for a lineage! Whatever the father does, he tends to pass it on. I’m looking beyond the next generation. I want to make decisions that will affect generations 200 to 300 years from now. This is more than sperm from a good night. (*sigh*)

Number six calls a father a “prototype” a.k.a “an example.” Number nine calls a father a “priest.” This is more than just being a babydaddy! I take this role seriously. I will expound on this later.

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Comment (1)

  1. La Shona

    This was very well said…I hope fathers take a stand for the seed (or seeds) they plant and help raise their children instead of just having the title…”father”.

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