It's interesting to see how your thoughts of a "good man" develop over the years. In high school to me it meant a friend that I enjoyed being around. Honestly I didn't have many, but then "good men" are hard to find. Susie's dad was a "good man". Strong, kind, good husband and father - we never spoke much but I knew if needed, he would be there. That experience continued until his passing.
As I spent time in the military a "good man" was someone I could depend on - no matter what. There were few of those as well. Mike Garza was a "good man". Loud, funny and fierce. But, as with many "good men" he has faded from my life, not heard from him since I left Viet Nam.
Nick, another military man, and certainly a "good man" has stayed in my life the longest. Each time we talk, it's as though its been mere moments since we last talked.
Rex, a "good man" whose friendship has grown and love and support I have come to depend on is another example of a strong, kind and good man that there seems to be too few of.
Marriage and children again broadened my view good men.
I look at my son and see a "good man". As he charts his course I see someone unafraid to seek his path, to offer kindness and support to friends in his life without expectation. A young man still willing to sit with his old man, share his day and offer a hug and an "I love you" as he leaves.
As my daughter began dating I prayed she would fine a "good man". She did, and it's his Birthday this post celebrates. He is a kind, loving, strong and good husband and father. I have watched him for 15 years. Through high school dating, college, grad school, marriage and fatherhood. Honestly, I was pretty judgmental in my mind's eye (I am sure Jeremy will find this shocking!! ). I expected a great deal from him and how he loved and cared for my daughter. I suspect I am not alone in that area as far as fathers are concerned. And, through the years, I have seen a "good man" grow. It's truly been fun to watch him and them grow together.
I'm proud of you bud, and am happy to have such a "good man" as my daughter's partner.