I consider myself an “opt-out” dad. Not in the sense that I left the workplace to stay at home with the kids, but I definitely dialed back my career expectations and salary so that I could work less, have more flexibility to spend time with my family, and be the committed parent I want to be.
My family has long had a connection to the Battle of Gettysburg, and this July I’ll be taking my wife and children to observe the 150th commemoration of the battle. In July 1863, my grandfather (yes, my grandfather!) fought in the battle, was wounded five times, and by a miracle, survived his wounds and subsequent internment in a POW hospital.