Some dads are present sometimes. Some are absent. And then some are palpable presences in their children’s lives.
I love how Nathan Miller describes Theodore Roosevelt’s father in his book, Theodore Roosevelt: A Life:
No one had a greater influence upon his namesake. By example and instruction, he imbued Theodore, Jr., with a strong sense of moral values and remained an almost palpable presence at his side long after his death at the age of forty-six.
In short, it takes time.
Will you take it? Will you become a palpable presence in your children’s lives?