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He's Watching

A few nights ago, Jacob and I were both standing in the bathroom brushing our teeth in preparation for bead. As I brushed absentmindedly, I notice Jacob looking at the way I had my right hand’s fist rested on my hip. Then he looked back at his own hip and attempted to hold his hand on his hip exactly the way I was holding mine. His gaze alternated between his hip and mine, guaging the exact position of my hand and arm and trying to recreate it in his. 

I’ve been thinking about Billy Crystal’s book 700 Sundays. The book is largely about his father, and the title comes from the amount of time Crystal was able to spend with his father. Working two jobs to support his family, Crystal’s father had only one day off each week, and this translated into about 700 Sundays that the younger Crystal had to spend time with and get to know his father.

While one day a week is far too little time to spend with one’s dad, it also seem like a fairly substantial amount of time, and certainly more than some fathers and sons are afforded. If they were 700 consecutive days, that’s nearly two full years.

And this got me thinking about what my son would learn from me if he and I were together all day for 700 consecutive days. If he watched everything I did, listened to everything I said, followed me everywhere I went, watched my reactions, listened to my conversations, what would he take away? What lessons would I inadvertently teach? What would I pass on to him? And if the answers are in any way other that those lessons and values I would hope to impart, how would I need to change the way I live my days? It’s something to consider, because I know he’s watching. And he’s getting a lot more than 700 Sundays. 

Posted on Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 10:43PM by Registered CommenterBrian Rozell | Comments3 Comments

Reader Comments (3)

Its so true Brian they watch as they grow and we can only hope what we teach them is good Im sure you are doing a great job.
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lou
You are an admirable father doing a noble job of steering him in the right direction. Good Job. Much Love for you and your beautiful family.
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMom
I agree with Liz. You're a great dad!
January 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDad

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