These are the men I want my sons to become – fiercely loving and loyal, self-aware and open, strong and certain, searching and growing, dependable and kind, forgiving and honest, deeply connected to the world around us and to themselves. Above all else I am a mother, a fierce Mama Lion. I know that I am raising tomorrow’s men and I take this responsibility on with my whole heart. When I look around my life at the men I know and have known, the most beautiful men in my world are MKP men. These are the men I want my sons to become – fiercely loving and loyal, self-aware and open, strong and certain, searching and growing, dependable and kind, forgiving and honest, deeply connected to the world around us and to themselves.
Certainly I yearned for a partner who embodied all of the above mentioned qualities. A partner to love and grow with, to lean on, to model for my sons and for the world a truly loving relationship. I continued to grow on my journey, having made my own Woman Within weekend several years ago. I looked into the world with fear and worry and some notion of “where have all the good men gone?” I dreamed of him, made lists of the qualities he would have, how I would feel by his side, what my sons would learn from him. My trust in Spirit was tested – could I wait, was he really out there? When I realized that Spirit loves me as much as I love my own boys and I allowed the feeling to wash over me, Don appeared in my life – literally with a shooting star.
And instantaneously we were a family – two halves of a whole – a single father with two sons needing a nurturing mama, and a single mother with two sons needing a hero father. The symmetry is perfect. Don was worth every moment of waiting, of growing, of sadness and longing, of hoping against hope. Grateful is not a big enough word to describe how I feel. I am grateful to the men who paved the way for Don, for our four boys, for the next generation – I am grateful for the courage of this man I love – for stepping into and out of the darkness with brothers at his side.
Tracey Lee July 18, 2016