Be honest now. Have you ever done anything this stupid with your kids before? I was playing with Emma when she was three. We were doing that thing where the kid holds your hands, runs up your legs and flips over backwards, landing on her feet standing up. We were a bit too vigorous with one of her flips and she spun out of my grip, landing on her wrist on the floor. unfortunately, the new toy watch she was wearing ended up breaking her wrist.
I felt like crap. It felt worse explaining what happened to the Vanda, the staff at the hospital and to people at church. Okay, maybe you’ve never done something that stupid. I’m sure what I felt pales in comparison to what the young couple in the video have experienced. These parents have taken some major flack for what they did, but the video shows that they didn’t respond to the crisis as parents who don’t care. They were just having fun and it backfired in a major way. They’ve paid the price many times over.
When I first viewed this video, a few things struck me about it. Notice how young the father looks. Now keep in mind where this took place. Finally, what activity was he engaging in (and I don’t mean the part about endangering his child). One of the biggest problem with our country is fathers who have no part of their children’s lives. For a young man to take the time to be involved is significant. Oh, and did you notice they were in a laundromat, a very difficult place for a mom to entertain her toddler and get things done at the same time? So, with all this horrible reaction to a terrifying video about this young father, I’d like to emphatically make this positive observation:
He was there.
This young dad was present in an age where it’s become customary to high tail it and run. He wasn’t just sitting around marking time either. He was busy engaging with his kid. How many of the people who heavily criticize this young man haven’t spent time with their own kids in months? I don’t imagine he’ll ever read this blog. Just in case he does, I’d like him to be encouraged to learn from his mistakes, but to keep doing what he’s been trying to do so well . . . being a dad.
So, young man in the video, from one messed up dad to another – let me be the first to wish you a Happy Father’s Day (albeit a few weeks early).
By the way, if you’ve watched this video more than once, please refer to yesterday’s blog.