“Father’s Day has always been a day to recognize how blessed I am to be a father” – John Fontenot, Director of Operations, Vessels
Raising children is hard work, but the outcome is always rewarding – and no one knows that better than John Fontenot, proud dad to sons age 18, 16, and 5.
“All three offer different challenges and great rewards,” he says. “Being a father isn’t a job, but a great journey.”
While Father’s Day is traditionally a day to celebrate dads, John takes a different, humbler view.
“Father’s Day has always been a day to recognize how blessed I am to be a father, and that being a father is one of the greatest gifts,” he says. “Being able to raise and shape and teach my children about the ins and outs of life and the difference between good and bad is irreplaceable. Watching them grow – and knowing that I had something to do with that – is amazing. Whether it’s teaching them to ride a bike, or showing them how to hold a baseball bat, or emphasizing the importance of being polite and using manners, it really is a miracle.”
This year, John and his family will celebrate the day by going to church and then having lunch together wherever he chooses. “That doesn’t happen often,” he says with a wry laugh.
John credits his father for teaching him how to be a man and a dad.
“It wasn’t until my father passed away in 2014 that I realized that I became the man I am today because of how he raised me and what he showed me growing up, even as an adult,” John recalls. “I always knew I had a great and wonderful dad, but when he was gone, I quickly realized just how fortunate I was to have him as my dad.”