Fatherhood as service: Being the dad with campaign signs

These guys have already trained me for a life of service.

My name is Kyle Belanger, and I approve this blog post.

Such a strange way to begin, I know. But, as you can tell by the headline, this is a political post. Not a “your candidate is a liar” political blog post. Heavens knows there are enough of those.

No. This is a political blog post in the “Hey, your boy is suddenly running for political office” and a “can you believe that?” blog post.

Because I am. And it’s all because of fatherhood. And maybe you should consider it, too.

Hear me out:

You’ve been putting literally every want and desire of all the people (and animals) in your family ahead of your own for years. Likely since the day before you met your first child. Since then, it’s been a combination of PBJ crusts for lunch and pizza crusts for dinner. And you love it.

See? Fatherhood is already service. Right?

You’re already halfway there.

So, here’s the point: We are at a watershed moment in our nation’s history. One that requires more parental and civic involvement than any other time in our lives. A moment that could benefit from some honest-to-goodness compassionate fathers doing more than their share. Not just in the home, but on the playground, at the local food pantries, and even in Town Hall.

For me, that means running for School Committee in my bustling little New England town. (I’ll spare you the details of my motivation and platform, because you can get them here, if you’re so interested.) For you, it might mean calling up the Town Rec director to see if there are enough coaches for lacrosse. Maybe it’s running for town council. Maybe it means volunteering to read to kids at the library on a Saturday. Perhaps it means offering a gardening class in the town common.

Figure out your jam. And pursue it. Don’t wait for an invitation.

Get out. Do something. You’ll feel the impact right away.

Kyle Belanger

Written by: Kyle Belanger

Proud father to three children (in order: one deceased, one adopted and one biological), Kyle is constantly navigating the worlds between actively grieving and openly gloating. Learn more about Kyle here.

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