As part of this week’s Father’s Day Tribute series, we’d like to recognize George Simmons. George is a husband, father, writer, musician, living with Type 1 diabetes — but you may know him best as @ninjabetic! His blog is sincere, humorous and full of heart. He is honest and always finds a way to add his Ninjabetic touch. This Father’s Day, I asked George to share the most important thing he’s learned from being a dad. Read his touching response below:
Q. What is the most important thing you have learned from being a dad?
The most important thing I have learned from being a dad is that time is short. It seems like only yesterday we were telling our family and friends that we were expecting a child and now with one a junior in high school and the other in seventh grade, I feel as though time has flown by.
Learning how short time is allows me to continue to find opportunities to make memories with my kids. I always try to add some silliness to life because it seems everyone always remembers a good laugh. Not to mention it makes for good storytelling when they have kids one day and want to share how wacky their grandpa was.
Being a dad teaches you that each day should be cherished and considered special. Most of the things that upset us throughout the day will not matter a year from now. What is the point of holding onto things that upset us when we have a chance to make every day with our kids great?
The Simmons Family
Fatherhood is the best job in the world. I only wish the time doing that job would move a lot slower.
George — thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for taking the time to share this message with our readers. As the mom of a 4-year-old, your words brought me to tears because time is moving too quickly. You’ve inspired so many in the DOC and beyond, and you should know that you’ve touched each member of our team here as well!
Happy Father’s Day!
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