In honor of International Men’s Month, our family’s new addition and last weekend’s Father’s Day celebrations, I’ve been thinking a lot about fathers and what it means to be one. In lieu of ties, golf gadgets and soap-on-a-rope, I’ve decided to blog about the joys of having a father and the great opportunity that comes with being a father.
Clarence Budington Kelland said, “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” I feel very blessed and privileged to have such an amazing father and I hope that I can be that to my son, Dominic. I learned a lot from my own father but mainly, I learned how to be a man by watching him do it first. I don’t think fathers truly understand their impact on their children until they are all grown up and they see themselves reflected in their child’s face and actions.
My father taught me about hospitality and how to treat others: with an open mind, with an open heart and with respect. I employ those same lessons each and every day at Pedrotti’s and will pass those same lessons on to my son. My father also taught me how to treat a woman. I strive to mimic the same kindness and compassion he shows my mother to my own wife each and every day.
I’m very excited about my opportunity to pass all of these incredible life lessons from my father, Louie, to my own son and to see how he shapes as a man. To all of the other fathers out there, Happy Father’s Day – celebrate it every day!