Wednesday, August 24, 2011

He Is


The house was quiet, most of the lights were turned off, all signs pointing to the fact that the day was supposed to be over.  I shuffled near the kitchen table picking up the remains of the day and after tucking away the final glue stick into its place in the drawer, I looked up and took note of the scene taking place under the only lights still on in the house.  There they sat, father and daughter huddled side by side poring over a set of algebra problems. 

It’s moments like this that I want to snicker at the nay-sayers who mock Accountants -  they have obviously never had a teenager with Honors Algebra and seen the benefits first hand.  The little girl sitting there is concentrating as deeply as one can who has already fit in an hour of Seminary, 8 hours of school, 2 hours of cross country practice, and an hour of youth group.  Her hand is planted firmly on her forehead, and as small pieces of her bangs poke through her fingers she checks her answer with the man sitting next to her. 

He is her Dad.
He is my Husband.
He is an Accountant who remembers Math who, as far as I’m concerned, carries more power in that mechanical pencil than I could ever hope for in a superhero’s cape.  He was concentrating too, as much as any man can who has already fit in the morning Seminary drop-off, eleven hours of work, an hour of basketball with his son, and two hours of extra meetings to cover his church responsibilities. 

He is her Dad.
He is my Husband.
He really is.

13 comments:

Lorie said...

Where is a picture of that? A mental one is pretty good, though. Pretty impressive schedule Samantha (& way to go Cory)! I can only help them with Math through fourth grade.

Buffy said...

Thanks...nice to hear someone praising, rather than bashing men. Husbands are awesome!

[Stacia] said...

So sweet.

Kristi said...

very nice post, and isn't it a relief to not be the one helping with math?

Shoebox Princess said...

People are more than their job titles. That's great that his job can augment his value to his kids and wife!

Kristina P. said...

He sounds like a great dad.

Julie said...

I agree. What a perfect visual picture you have painted. My husband is the go-to parent for high school math as well. I can do it, but he uses it every day so it is much more fresh in his mind and I am just fine with that.

Moments like the one you describe connect a father and daughter forever.

Rachel said...

What an sweet image, and what a sweet tribute!

And please, dear Lord, let me live in Utah or AZ by the time my children are in Seminary! I don't know how y'all do it!

Garden of Egan said...

That is so beautiful.
Great words.
Great visual.

Ria's Random Thoughts said...

That is weird! I just posted a story of how we get A's in math and it had nothing to do with accountants.

Stefani said...

Beautiful.

anitamombanita said...

Nice, Vern, very nice. Glad to see that you have a more reverent side...LOL... But seriously, that was the sweetest post ever. Yay for good husbands. I love mine... And for great kids...I love mine.

ganelle said...

What? No weeping? No wailing? No gnashing of teeth?
Hmm, your math looks reaallllly different than ours.