On the hit show “This is Us,” legacy is a big theme. It’s not mentioned directly, but many of the characters are dealing with it. If you aren't familiar with the show, Jack Pearson dies in a house fire, leaving behind his three teenage children. Much of the show is the current day, revealing bits and pieces of the storylines in scenes from the past. All three children—two biological and one adopted— are chasing after or otherwise dealing with the legacy of their hero father. Jack Pearson always seemed to have the perfect words to redeem any moment. He always knew exactly what to do and how to respond to any situation. His kids were left with an image of a pretty infallible man—a legacy they each have challenges living up to.
The show strikes a chord with many viewers because the characters seem so real. They could be any of us, which is why the show is aptly titled. We can relate to these characters; we deal a lot with legacies ourselves.
Our parents have left their imprint on us, and we are leaving ours on our children. We will all leave a legacy, good or bad. Unfortunately, by the time the legacy is written, we no longer have the power to make any edits to the storyline. Now is the time to take inventory of the legacy we are writing for our children. What will they remember about us? What are we teaching them today that will make an impact on them tomorrow? Here are 10 legacies I believe fathers can—and should—pass on to their sons.