‘EAR, NEWS, AND THROAT’
DAD’S GREATEST GIFT
The Most Important Lesson I Learned FromMy Father
H ave you ever met someone who is literally a breath of fresh air? A fun, light-hearted soul that you just can’t help but want to hang out with? My dad is this kind of person. Growing up, whenever our family flew on a plane that only sat three to a row, my mom, my sister, and I would sit together and my dad would be a few rows ahead of us. He never seemed to mind. By the end of the flight, Dad would be best friends with the person next to him. I don’t know how he does it! He’s just the kind of person everyone wants to be friends with. On his last trip down to visit us after Audrey was born, my dad even became friends with the guy who works at the corner store. Dad likes to walk down to the store and buy four different newspapers every morning. Before Dad returned home, the corner store guy had started texting him each day to let my dad know his papers were set for him. Dad’s warm, friendly personality is the reason a lot of people are surprised to learn he’s a lawyer. He breaks the stereotype that lawyers are egotistical, lying jerks. He’s honest, trustworthy, and shows his clients how much he genuinely cares about them. I think a major reason my dad never turned into one of those jerk lawyers is because he has always put his family and relationships ahead of making a paycheck. When I was born, Dad worked in a firm for some other big-shot attorneys. I think my dad liked that job, and it paid well, but eventually Dad realized that he left for work every day before I woke up and “I know how much I appreciated having my dad around as a kid, and that’s something I want to give my own daughter.”
didn’t get home until long after I was in bed. He never got to see me or my mom at all. When I was 4 years old, Dad left that firm and started his own practice. I know he sacrificed a bigger paycheck, and running your own practice is much more challenging than working at a firm, but those sacrifices allowed my dad to spend time with his family and be there as my sister and I were growing up.
My dad with little Audrey
I know how much I appreciated having my dad around as a kid, and that’s something I want to give my own daughter. No one has been on their deathbed and said, “I wish I worked more late nights at the office.” That’s an important lesson I learned from my dad. As a doctor, I work hard to help my patients feel healthy so they can spend time with their family, but in order to maintain that sense of empathy, I need to make time for my own family too.
I always appreciated how Dad was there for us, but now that I’m a father myself, I recognize how much effort my dad put into making that happen. Audrey is getting bigger every day, and I want to be there and help her grow up into an amazing, self-sufficient person. It’s a big challenge, but if I can be half the dad my father was, I think I can manage it.
–Dr. Seth Evans
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