Take time to honor fathers everywhere
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.