What sort of legacy am I going to leave to my children? What is it that they will take from me after knowing me as their father?
I’m not sure if other people think about this often, but I can say that these questions have visited me over the years. Especially, as I grow older and see my children do the same. You see, my wife and I have sacrificed a lot over the years for what we thought was best for our children and family.
You see, the legacy I want to leave my children is that you must sacrifice much for the ones you love. That is what I want them to realize. That is what I want them to learn. It is not about my dreams or desires. I should be last in this family, not first. That is what a leader does. He makes sure the needs of the ones around him are met before his. We live in a “take-care-of-yourself-first” society. That, however, is not what I want my legacy to be. I want my children and wife to know that I tried to take care of them first (though I wasn’t often successful.) Because in the end, if you can’t sacrifice, you can’t love.
Scott Keen is the author of three young adult fantasy novels, Scar of the Downers, Rise of the Branded, and War of the Downer King.