The youngest of our three children married in February 2010. It was a wonderful occasion, filled with laughter, tears of joy, and the splendid love of our family and friends. Our other two got married about three months apart in 2007, so my wife and I have now officially joined what is commonly called the “empty nest” crowd. Well, there’s nothing empty about our nest, since we still have each other and we’re surrounded by pleasant memories and the love of our children and their spouses. While my wife and I are certainly excited about our future together, we are also mindful of the trajectory on which we’ve launched the children with whom God blessed us, and our hopes, thoughts, and prayers will continue to be with them every day.
Why Duty Calls?
As I reflect on the nearly three decades in which we raised our children, I clearly see things that worked well and things that didn’t. I am mindful of both my strengths and shortcomings as a husband and father, just as I am aware of the lessons I learned along the way. So now, with the benefit of near 20-20 hindsight, I feel a profound sense of duty to share what I’ve gleaned from experience with those who come after me, and this is the reason I am launching www.dutycalls.org.
What you can expect
Here at Duty Calls, I will share my own ideas and lessons learned, along with those of various other experts on topics about which I am passionate, with a particular emphasis on a man’s duty to his wife, children, community, and nation. The sub-topics are nearly infinite – communication, leadership, prayer, compassion, providing financial support, education, patriotism, and, with apologies for borrowing a line from The King and I, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
Please note that I am not emphasizing men’s duties in order to exclude women, but rather because that is where my expertise is. After all, I am a man. While I am thrilled to observe things through the eyes of my wife of more than 30 years, I can only truly speak with authority about things from a man’s perspective. That being said, I certainly welcome women as readers. In fact, I hope that many women follow me here and direct the men in their lives to the site as well. You’ll be glad you did.
Finally, I don’t want to limit discussion to only those things I think of. Instead, I will also respond to your comments and queries (email me at email@example.com) and gladly address the things that are of interest to you. Please let me know what’s on your mind.
So here we go, men…Duty Calls!