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Captain Dad

"If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever." -St. Thomas Aquinas What makes a good ship's captain? Is it someone who leads fearlessly in times of duress? Is it someone who knows all the USCG boating "rules of the road"? Maybe it has more to do with making a crew add up to more than the sum of their individual parts. Is a good captain someone with limitless courage? Or maybe the best captains are those that realize their fear is their only real courage? Sometimes the roles of captain and dad converge Since becoming a father to our third daughter in March, I've been thinking about how fatherhood feels a lot like being a ship captain. We as individual family members represent the crew, while collectively our family of 5 represents the ship. And just like ships on the sea, families on the sea of life need leadership, guidance and a cohesive crew. As if fatherhood didn't have enough responsibility, I'