Father's Day is most commonly thought of as a day to celebrate fathers. To recognize their contributions to their families and children. A time to say “thank you” to the ones that inspire, support and even push us further.
I, however, don't see it that way. I believe mothers deserve recognition and adoration on Mother's Day (not to mention all the other days). As a father, I take Father's Day as a day to honor the position of “father,” not myself specifically. Fatherhood is a remarkable duty and responsibility. This is a day for me to reflect on what I have to be grateful for as a dad…because being a dad is a gift and is something to be grateful for.
There was a time when being selected for a special position was seen as an honor and a great privilege. Much of American society nowadays sees similar occurrences as a burden or a chore. Honestly, to me, it's very unfortunate that some think of it as a job.
On Father's Day, I like to reflect on how lucky I am to be a dad. A father to three very precocious boys.
We've been working with STOK, and the barbecue is one of the places I take achievements into my own hands. Much like fatherhood, I get out what I put into it. It's a basic cooking system as most grills are, and yet this setup in particular still has so many varying techniques and options.
It's nice to be beside a grill. There's less clutter and my mind wanders. I watch the boys play with clods of dirt and as they do, I am grateful. One of the secret joys of being a father is a the nostalgia your children provide.
Just standing there, I am ten years younger.
Tonight's dinner is shrimp fajitas. The STOK cast iron kettle is a great option for cooking down the peppers. Then, I just swap in the WOK to finish it off at the end with the shrimp. A simple system with advanced possibilities at home or on-the-road.
Too many visible vegetables to be truly appreciated by my boys, but it's fine with me if peanut butter and jelly suits them better. As long as we're all together.
What possibilities are you exploring this month?