Several years ago, my 10-year-old son and I arrived together for his 4th grade awards ceremony and graduation. His dad, who is career military in the National Guard, hadn't shown up yet. We didn't tell our boy Dad would definitely be there, because the military can sometimes change the best-made plans.
The 4th graders in our area moved on to a different school for the next two grades, so this day was a very big one. Dad showed up, but our son didn't see him. When our son received an award, he looked a little like a nervous deer and I could see he could not find us. There was one more award for him to get, so I leaned into my husband, and said "I think we need a "Hoo-ah."
Our son's name was called and as he made his way up to the stage my husband with a loud military tone projected a steady "HOOAAHHH!" When our son realized that was his dad, letting him know he was out in the crowd and very proud, he beamed and smiled from ear to ear with pride on stage. His dad was there and everyone else knew it, too!
Although I spend many more hours a day with our boys, that one "Hoo-ah" from Dad at just the right time really changed his day and probably his life! I could have never accomplished this turn from awkward embarrassment and stage fright to pride and self-confidence with only one word. Dads are special and so very needed.
A proud mom and wife!