As a young girl, I didn’t know if I was one
of the majority or part of the minority
who thought that their dream husbands
should be exact opposites of their fathers.
And so I played with so many adjectives
hoping to be able to picture what my father isn’t.
Responsible, yeah, that’s something he isn’t.
Kind, compassionate, warm and respectful.
I wanted someone who doesn’t smoke a cigar,
who doesn’t live and depend on a bottle of liquor,
a man who puts the needs of his children first
over wasting money on gamble everyday.
Now, I have summed it up in one word.
I want someone insightful, a man who takes pauses.
I want someone who takes a moment before doing,
someone who looks around himself and thinks
how one act can change the world, most definitely
his wife and his children.
— Carl Sagan (via observando)