Dear Kingston and Truett,
You both call me Daddy.
And it is the best job I've ever had. The best name I've been called. The best crew I've ever belonged to. It's a privilege to be a dad. Your dad. You two, little people pull on heart strings that I didn't know I had. You two have expanded my capacity to love in ways and places I didn't know existed in me. Every day I wake up with the intention of being better, more loving, more engaged, and fully present in your lives.
As you grow I want to continue to inspire you to be the best, highest version of yourself. To love who you really are. To facilitate you actualizing your purpose. To teach you that your dreams are valid and enable you to reach them- all. To show you that you are human and are able to show a full range of emotions.
To teach you to negotiate patriarchy in ways that aren't soul damaging. To demonstrate how to work around systems that seek to destroy, oppress, and go to war with you and your intrinsic worth so that you will rise to the occasion and soar. To work hard because duty, responsibility, and a strong work ethic are inextricably rooted in your existence as men. To remind you that the world around you needs what you have to offer and that you are responsible for giving your best contribution so that others may also prosper, grow, and thrive. To teach you how to cultivate a healthy mind, body, soul, and spirit every day. To remind you how powerful family is and that they are the best safety net there is because they have your best interest at heart and want to see you win. To inspire you to follow what brings you joy and makes you whole. To embody love so real, contagious, and courageous that it changes people, circumstances, and systems simply because you chose to be daring enough to enact it.
I offer you my love. I offer you my support. I offer you my guidance. I offer you my friendship. I offer you myself.
My life is made rich because of you two. I couldn't celebrate Father's Day if you weren't here. Thank you for making me better.
I love you two. So much.