By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact.

By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder – infinitely prouder – to be a father. 

A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life.

And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, ‘Our Father Who Art in Heaven.’”

— General Douglas MacArthur (via)