I love my life. I really do. I have had many blessings,and if I could list them all, I would probably not recognize half of them. So much taken for granted. And that’s what this post is about. – In safety, what do you take for granted?
This Father’s Day, like many other Sundays, I suspect that I will see families out and about enjoying outdoor activities together in the nice weather. If I take a ride to a local park I will find picnics and ball games. Down by the river I’m sure I’ll see some folks canoeing, swimming, fishing and just enjoying the water. And in just about every neighborhood, I’ll see some family bike riding taking place.
Just about every modern parent sees the value in making certain their child is wearing a helmet when on a bicycle, even if the bike has training wheels. Helmets are inexpensive and can prevent serious injury.
I have to wonder though when I see about every fourth or fifth parent riding without a helmet. What are they thinking? I have to imagine that they believe that their riding experience makes them less likely to have an incident. Probably true, but it in no way reduces the potential severity of an injury should the unlikely event occur.
One of my old friends used to refer to her ex as the sperm donor, and not as the father of her children. True fatherhood is earned. I have seen fathers with their children playing with them, teaching them and guiding them, and yet this potentially simple lesson becomes one where the example does not always meet the instruction.
Fathers, we earn our respect for the kids each day, and we earn that respect by walking the talk. Your family has so much at risk if you are injured, and wearing a helmet when you ride is a simple gift you give your children. Don’t take your safety for granted. When you put the helmet on you tell them that you are important, and when you help them with theirs you tell them they are important, too.
Happy Father’s Day to all men and women who have earned the right to be seen as a Father.
Thanks, and let’s be careful out there.