The role of father is something that doesn't get much attention in America. There is no shortage of commercials, general advertising and TV programming hailing the greatness of mothers. Trust me, I get it. I was raised by a single mother. No need to tell me the importance of moms in the world. :) The bummer is that we always hear of dads in the context of "he was never around" or "I never knew my dad" or whatever. I typically only hear the negative. I rarely hear people laud the great things their dads do or the fantastic characteristics they possess.
I know guys here in Los Angeles that are highly focused on raising their kids in a way that deserves just as much attention as all of the hard working moms out there. Above, you'll see a photo of Manuel and his daughter relaxing after some serious playing at the beach. Endless leap frog over Iris was on repeat that day. Apparently dads need just as much nap time as daughters.
Konrad and his daughter Frankie have a knack for mixing learning and silliness in ways that makes even the coldest of hearts warm. Clearly Frankie doesn't have time for her dad's love of the Seattle Seahawks on this day.
Sometimes when the napping and superfandom is complete, it's time to share deep thoughts and ideas with each other. Below you'll see Sergio and his son Kingston solving the world's problems in Seal Beach. Kingston's earnestness is priceless when telling his dad about something critical about his toy truck or the bouncy slide he just rode. Dad's there ready to take notes.
Adventure abounds in Joshua Tree National Park with Ryan and his son Eli. These two always seek and find high adventure. There is a wild freedom between the two of them that is wonderful to observe.
What about the dads I don't know? I was riding my bike in the neighborhood one Sunday afternoon and was able to observe this father and son combo have deep conversations, crack jokes and observe the gutsy kite boarders.