(But in the meantime...)
"A Daddy's Prayer"
(aka "A Parent's Prayer")
by Allan Shedlin
At the end of my days may my child be able to conclude with honesty, conviction, and enthusiasm that I did the best I could…and then some.
May I become the dad of my yearning, the one I might have dreamed for if I dared.
May I be mindful that when I dare, reality may present challenges to test my seriousness of intent and purpose.
At those times, may I remain mindful of my intentions and "daddy on" as if my child's life depends on it – as might mine.
Let the ideal of a “perfect parent” be my lodestar, humbled by the realization that there is no such thing. Just as there is no such thing as a "perfect child"...rather, a child who is perfectly who they are.