I think the sweet grandmother in the movie Parenthood said
it best, “Your grandpa took me on a roller coaster… Up, down. Up, down – oh
what a ride. It was just interesting to me that a ride could make me so
frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited and so thrilled all together. Some
didn’t like it. They went on the merry-go-round – that just goes around – nothing.
I like the roller coaster; you get more out of it.”
So many changes come with becoming a father – physically and
emotionally – it’s just like the Grandma said – a roller coaster ride.
We all know the physical toll it takes on a man when he
becomes a dad. It happens in those early months of fatherhood. No sleep, eating
whatever you can get your hands on, combined with the stress of adjusting to a
leaking newborn can have adverse effects on a man’s physique.
And the emotional toll – well – that continues right to the
end. The roller coaster ride is only beginning for those new dads celebrating
their first Father’s Day this weekend. The handmade cards, the hospital visits,
the driving lessons, the late-night calls, the breakups, and the college
considerations can send a father into a labyrinth of emotions.
Sure, becoming a dad changes your life, but the benefits of
being a dad outweigh the trade-offs any day.
Fathers build the future – they help shape us into the
individuals that we blossom into. The valuable lessons that I learned from my
own father – that true love is unconditional, that you don’t always have to be
perfect, and that girls can do it too – still stick with me and I have passed them
on to my children.
For all of the dads out there, especially those celebrating
their first Father’s Day, Liberty Tax wishes you all of the heartfelt rewards
and lasting memories that fatherhood brings.
And don’t forget one more positive change a child can bring
you – a tax deduction! Before you stop in to see us next year, check out my
blog to review what documentation to bring along to your tax interview. In
the meantime, please keep your hands and feet inside the ride at all times.