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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Father (as in paternal parent, not God) (04/10/08)

TITLE: Fatherhood Dreams
By Joshua Janoski
04/15/08


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I sit on the side of his bed, reading our nightly bedtime story. Though I am tired from a long day at the office, I refuse to let any excuse keep me from sharing this special moment with him. Last night’s story was “Morris and Boris”, a comical moose and bear tale. It was a favorite of mine growing up, and he enjoyed it too. Tonight, I began the first chapter of “The Magician’s Nephew”, the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia series.

He lays there, snuggly nestled under his sheets, listening intently to every word I speak. His eyelids slowly begin to make their descent. He fights entering dreamland, but his body forces a transport there. I finish reading the sentence I am on, and then laying the book down on his night table, I kiss his forehead before quietly exiting the room.

I tiptoe into my bedroom, past my lovely queen who lays sleeping in our bed, exhausted from tending to the castle all day. Peering down into a crib, my eyes focus their gaze upon the darling princess that lays there. Tiny fingers are clenched tightly to a blanket, as she breathes ever so softly. Gently, I caress the smooth skin of her little arm with my finger, and whisper “I love you.” My body slips into bed, and my mind into euphoric dreams, but it isn’t long before the crashing sound of reality rudely interrupts my thoughts and ejects me back into the real world.

My bedroom becomes a desk, my castle a cubicle. There is no queen to go home to and no little princess to hold. Bedtimes stories entail me reading a novel to myself inside my small apartment. My present condition is a far cry away from my visions of the future, but I refuse to quit dreaming. I want to be a father someday.

As a single male, I often wonder if my desire is somewhat mad. Shouldn’t the yearning for children be reserved for little girls with plastic dollies and newlyweds just settling down? Yet, for some reason, I cannot discard this desire. I look at my two-year old niece, who I absolutely adore. She reminds me of all the wonderful little things children bring to this world, and at the same time, she also reminds me that being a parent of a child requires lots of patience and dedication. I can go home to peace and quiet when my niece becomes unruly, but I cannot run away if I have my own children. This makes me wonder what kind of father I would be. Would I be ready for the challenge? What qualities could I bring to the table that would make me a champion to my kids?

I think of the qualities that I appreciate in my own dad. While far from perfect, my father has traits within himself that I would like to adopt. He is compassionate, sensitive, caring, and raised me to serve the Lord. He treats my mom well, and would never abuse or hurt a woman in any way.

I look at Jesus Christ, his life, and his example. He welcomes all children, young and old, into his open arms and provides them security and comfort. He never turns a child away, but instead, embraces the unique wonder and faith than can be found within each one.

If I could take even a fraction of the qualities found in both my earthly and heavenly fathers and use them to raise my own children, then maybe, I would be able to be the kind of dad that I want to be. Does that mean I won’t have problems? There will come a day when I am no longer “cool” to my children. I will be replaced with friends, dating, and school. The warm hugs and kisses will vanish, as puberty sets in, and their bodies and minds begin to change and grow. It is at that time, I would hope I had given them enough love and teaching, so that they would not stray too far from their family, and most importantly, from God.

I am thankful for what God is doing in my life as a single man, but every once in a while I get dreams of tricycles, baby dolls, and Lego blocks. I just hope when the time arrives, I will be prepared to be the biological dad that my heavenly dad would want me to be.


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Dee Yoder 04/17/08
I like the way you incorporated your personal "dream" of being a father into the opening paragraphs of this entry. A man who desires a family as much as you do will be ready to take on the challenge of children and wife, I'm thinking. My prayer is that God grants you peace and patience while you wait for His perfect timing! I enjoyed hearing this kind of thinking from a male perspective.
Jan Ackerson 04/18/08
Wonderful beginning, with a very smooth transition into reality.

I'd suggest that you not "give away" your little twist by your title. And FYI, "The Magician's Nephew" isn't the first of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Excellent writing all around--I really enjoyed reading this.
Lyn Churchyard04/20/08
Ugh! the office cubicle, where everyone becomes a merecat when something happens in one of the other cubicles.

Great story. To have a dream and rely on God to fulfill that dream is a great goal.

Loved this story. Well done.
Angela M. Baker-Bridge04/21/08
Creative take on the topic, refreshing. I agree about the title, I started reading, wondering when the dream would end. Glad you spoke-up for single men - they too dream of parenthood - not just women! Blessings, Angel
Mandy White04/21/08
I love your dream. That sounds a lot like my house at night--we do a lot of bedtime reading! You have the gift of seeing things through others' eyes and making it very realistic. Good job.
Gerald Shuler 04/21/08
Great entry. If I worked in a cubicle I'm afraid most of my day would be spending falling asleep and dreaming. Of course, my dreams wouldn't be so noble as yours.
Joshua Janoski04/21/08
I don't usually comment on my own entries, but I wanted to clarify something.

When I mention The Magician's Nephew as being the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia series, I am referring to the chronological order that the books are read in and not the order in which the books were first written and published.

I just wanted to clarify that. I probably should have left out that bit of information in order to avoid this confusion.
Lauryn Abbott04/21/08
Josh, this is another wonderful entry! Thank you for sharing your dream and your heart. Good job!
Joanney Uthe04/21/08
I agree that the title, though fitting, distracted from the beauty of the dream. I enjoyed your well-written take on the topic.
Betty Castleberry04/21/08
I'm having trouble finding too much wrong with this. It flows nicely, has a lovely message, and is a good read. It would make a nice article for a Christian publication. I hope you consider submitting it somewhere.
Mariane Holbrook04/21/08
I so enjoyed this! It was well-written and showed a very tender side. Kudos.
dub W04/21/08
Very well written. Sharing a dream is a tough write, and you have done it well. thanks.
Joanne Sher 04/22/08
Josh - the dream part of this was absolutely wonderful, and I was knocked out of your dream just as hard as I imagine you were. I truly appreciate your voice here. I also agree you should submit this somewhere. VERY nicely done!
Kristen Hester04/23/08
Very nice, Josh! I especially think the writing where you described the dream was strong. I hated that you had to wake up in a cubicle. Bravo!
Laury Hubrich 04/23/08
Oh Josh! Wow! I loved this. It really shows your heart. It about ripped mine to shreds. Such wonderful writing, Joshmeister! Wonderful! Wow!
Laury
Joy Faire Stewart04/23/08
Oh, I love the real emotions. This is beautifully written.
LauraLee Shaw04/23/08
This is beautifully and tenderly written, and I especially loved your ending.
Sara Harricharan 04/23/08
Very nice! I liked the 'dream' and I especially like how you thought of it as a castle, with a lovely queen and a baby princess. That made this very tender and sweet. Great job. ^_^
Bill Obenauer04/23/08
Josh, nice entry. I think a lot more males dream of fatherhood than you would think. FYI--I'm only 28 and my kids already think I'm a dork. Age and "out of touch" aren't related!!!LOL.
Aaron Morrow04/24/08
Beautiful story and transition.

One of my Life Group members prays daily for her future husband, that he will know the Lord, and that God will make her the wife that He purposes and that her future husband cherishes.

She does not know who the Lord is preparing to be her husband yet, but she is faithful to pray for him everyday.

Pray with the confidence of knowing that God will answer, far beyond your wildest hopes.

This is a beautiful piece that really touched me. Great work.
Peter Stone04/24/08
No, your desire is not mad. I often imagined having kids, and used to have these realistic dreams in which I was married, and then wake up crying because I was not. Of course, all past history now, being married 14 years with two busy kids.
Also, I don't think a father need ever be replaced, or stop being cool to his kids. Build a good relationship with them, and it will pass the test of time.
Alica Hall08/08/08
THat was awesome! It evoked deep emotions. I don't really know what to say, I am for one of the first times in my life virtually speechless.