There's a lesson to be learned from a story that dates back more than a century.
Charles Francis Adams, the grandson of the second president of the United States, was a successful lawyer, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. ambassador to Britain. Amidst his responsibilities, he had little time to spare. He did, however, keep a diary.
One day he wrote, "Went fishing with my son today -- a wasted day."
On that same day Charles' son, Brooks Adams, had printed in his own diary, "Went fishing with my father today-- the most wonderful day of my life."
It's a matter of perspective, and with Father's Day coming up Sunday, it's time for dads to look at things from the other side. It's time to see the world through your child's eyes. Maybe you'll rediscover some of the joy of childhood yourself.
There's a lot of talk these days about deadbeat dads who ditch their homes and their children. But the fact is, because of the demands we have allowed our culture to create, a father can abandon his children without ever leaving the home.
It happens when the briefcase opens after dinner and the kids are left to the television. When the finance report dances across the computer screen after five o'clock. When an opportunity to grab another rung on the corporate or social ladder takes precedence over a chance to see your son's ball game.
As with Charles Francis Adams, our jobs and careers sneak up and their binding chains slowly wrap around us until it's too late -- our children are grown and gone.
So let's use this Father's Day to make a resolution to stop and shake off the chains now and again -- to spend time gazing at the stars with our son, to shoot off a model rocket with our daughter, or to walk with them to the Dairy Queen for an ice cream cone.
You will always be glad you did, and, like Brooks Adams, your children will too.