A man cannot walk this treacherous life alone,
There must be another with him.
One who is their friend, their mentor,
One who is their guiding presence,
Who shows them the path of goodness,
Even if it’s hard.
One who has open ears and a forgiving heart,
Yet has the power of authority on his shoulders,
Is one wanted, and is one loved.
But who is this man? Who is this mentor,
The friend, the guide, the authority?
By what name do we call him?
This is the name of the self-chosen warrior – Father.
Joshua Brandon Wagner
To his father, on Father’s Day 2001