Take time to honor fa­thers ev­ery­where

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

On Sunday we will cel­e­brate, honor and — for some — re­mem­ber Dad.

For some of us, Dad is our bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther. For oth­ers, a step­fa­ther, adop­tive fa­ther, an­other rel­a­tive, a fam­ily friend or church mem­ber may fill that role.

Some dads are open and lov­ing, dol­ing out hugs and kisses. Other dads may rarely tell their chil­dren they love them. But they showed their love in other ways.

The most im­por­tant thing for all dads to re­mem­ber is to be there, to be in­volved. Work is not your life. Your fam­ily and your chil­dren are the most im­por­tant things in your life.

Dads have long been known as fix­ers and care­tak­ers, whether they are work­ing around the house with a tool­box or giv­ing a child a much-needed hug.

They are the guys who mend bi­cy­cle chains and lawn mowers, as well as bro­ken hearts. In honor of Fa­ther’s Day, let Dad know you ap­pre­ci­ate all he has done for you — the fluffed pil­lows and fixed toys alike — by say­ing “thank you” and let­ting him en­joy be­ing a dad.

This week­end, when you’re pre­sent­ing your fa­ther with an­other tie or “World’s Great­est Dad” T-shirt, think about those times you called him with car trou­ble, the times when only his touch with a ham­mer and nail could solve the prob­lem, the evenings he spent help­ing you with your home­work, the years he gave to coach­ing youth sports or driv­ing you to events and sleep­overs — and es­pe­cially the times you thought he might have been a lit­tle too strict.

It’s amaz­ing how our views of our par­ents evolve, even when Mom and Dad don’t change a bit.

Mark Twain once said, “When I was a boy of 14, my fa­ther was so ig­no­rant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was as­ton­ished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

For those whose fa­thers have passed on, Fa­ther’s Day can be a bit bit­ter­sweet. But if you re­mem­ber the good times, the spe­cial events, the mark­ers and cel­e­bra­tions of life, surely those mem­o­ries will bring a smile to your face and the con­so­la­tion of hap­pier days to your heart. A fa­ther’s pres­ence in our lives, whether they are still here on this earth or not, still guides us.

So, let Dad be a dad on Sunday. Fa­thers like to pro­vide for their chil­dren, no mat­ter how old. Maybe watch a movie to­gether or catch a ball­game. Or go out­side and throw a ball to­gether. Most im­por­tantly, say “thank you” to your fa­ther, for be­ing the man who taught you to do the right thing, who helped glue the lamp be­fore Mom saw it and who knew just how many ice cubes to put in your ap­ple juice.

For the nights he woke up to rock you to sleep, the nights he stayed awake to wait for you to come home, and the tears he wiped away, give your fa­ther some time to­day to feel like a dad. Let him hold your hand, let him fix your door­knob, and let him know he’s the great­est guy you ever knew.

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