The other day for some reason my wife decided to teach our 12 year old son how to walk cool. For some reason my 16 year old daughter decided to help.
They marched Anderson back and forth through the den.
“Pull your shoulders back.”
“No don’t lean so much.”
“Keep your feet apart.”
“Not like that.”
“Oh, my gosh, boy! Walk like a man!”
I was at the kitchen counter with my laptop not saying a word. After several stressful and HILARIOUS minutes, I pushed the barstool back, motioned for Anderson to come to me, and put my arm around his shoulder.
Then we silently walked across the room together.
My wife looked at Anderson and said, “You walk fine when you’re walking with Daddy.”
When he’s walking with Daddy he walks just fine. He walks like a man.
There’s a certain way that a man is supposed to physically, financially, emotionally, and spiritually walk through life. A houseful of women can sometime with much effort, frustration, error, and failure ultimately teach a boy how to walk through life like a man; but the best, most effectively way is for him to just walk with Daddy.
When I was my father’s son, tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, my father taught me, and said to me, “Let your heart retain my words. Keep my commands, and live.” (Proverbs 4: 3-4)
---Anderson T. Graves II is a writer, community organizer and consultant for education, ministry, and rural leadership development.
Rev. Anderson T. Graves II is pastor of Miles Chapel CME Church in Fairfield, Alabama; executive director of the Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization (SAYNO); and director of rural leadership development for the National Institute for Human Development (NIHD).
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