Boys' Rites of Passage

Our Sons' Futures

Lost In Translation II

Posted by Thomas on November 24, 2009

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This post has 287 words.
 
On average it takes less than 3 minutes to read entirely.

In my post Lost in Translation I document how the main idea of this blog is different from the blog’s reality. Raising my son successfully into responsible manhood is dear to me. During this blogging time I’ve periodically searched for black-dad-centric information online and have been disappointed.
 
The blog is nearly a year old and has to a fair extent (not totally) captured my intentions: our family’s journey down the Rites of Passage road. I also stated in the beginning (for myself and visitors) that the blog was for a “season” to immediately dispel any notions of longevity. Maybe I’ll be sitting some place five years from now updating the site with an even broader array of insights.

The hardest, most challenging, fear-filled role in my life is that of fatherhood. In short, like most parents, I wonder how much I’m screwing up my child. Do I tell him I love him enough? Does he know how proud I am of him? How many more times can he stand me repeating my mantra “excellence not mediocrity son, that is your goal”? “What about this?” “What about that?” “Oh, don’t forget the other?” Sometimes I get tired thinking about him, his future, his life, my shortcomings, my missteps, my frailties.
 
My mother said to us as kids “you’ll understand when you have kids of your own!” My father used to say “son, I wish I could plug your head into mine so you’ll get the wisdom in the days of your youth”—now I’m saying those things to my son.

What about you? Do you find yourself overly concerned about what the outcome will be for your child(ren)? Leave a comment. Share your thoughts.

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2 Responses to “Lost In Translation II”

  1. Rites Inc. said

    Claudine:
    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on the site. I appreciate it. Visit again and share with your circle. I want to spread the word about this important topic of helping our boys grow strong.
    Peace!

  2. Most of the times i visit a blog I see that the construction is poor and the writting bad.On the other hand,I have to say that you have done a good job here.

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