Cel­e­brat­ing Fa­ther’s Day In Amer­ica

Riverbank News - - PERSPECTIVE - Glenn Mollette Dr. Glenn Mollette is Pres­i­dent of New­burgh The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, New­burgh, In­di­ana and his syn­di­cated col­umn is read in all 50 states. The opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the au­thor and not nec­es­sar­ily those of this pa­per or its cor­po­rate

It’s time to once again cel­e­brate Fa­ther’s day in Amer­ica.

I like Fa­ther’s day. It’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to see if my chil­dren or any­one re­mem­bers. Maybe I will get a text, an email or even a tele­phone call. Fa­ther’s day is kind of like your birth­day; you don’t re­ally think about it un­til the day comes. You then can’t help but no­tice who for­got or who sim­ply does not care.

I was al­ways busy as a young adult and prob­a­bly didn’t pay at­ten­tion to Fa­ther’s day like I should have un­til later in life. I got a lit­tle closer to my dad in his later years sim­ply be­cause my mother had died and he had to talk to me when I called. My fa­ther was a good dad in that he took care of us. He kept food on the ta­ble and a roof over our heads.

I never had to face liv­ing with a sin­gle par­ent or in a blended fam­ily. All I knew was my mom and dad and I never wor­ried about be­ing hun­gry or be­ing homeless. Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans can­not say this. This is not a neg­a­tive about sin­gle par­ent- ing or be­ing homeless or blended fam­i­lies. I’m sim­ply say­ing that mom and dad hung in there and my sis­ters and broth­ers and I have a lot for which to be thank­ful.

My grand­fa­ther was a good dad. He raised 10 chil­dren. He was a bless­ing to a mul­ti­tude of grand­chil­dren. He worked un­til he was 83. I never saw him smile a lot but how could he smile when there were dozens of grand­chil­dren around all the time? Plus, he worked six days a week un­til he was 83. He man­aged it pretty well.

My son is a good dad. I can be­lieve it be­cause he was a good son. Yet, it’s al­ways amaz­ing when you see your child in ac­tion. He spends so much time with my lit­tle grand­son and they have a beau­ti­ful bond. I love to watch their in­ter­ac­tion and I am so happy for both of them.

This Fa­ther’s day will once again be a good day and a tough day. Fa­thers will count their bless­ings and also their fail­ures. Fa­thers will wish for an­other chance to do it again but we only get one chance to be a dad. Many will visit ceme­ter­ies to pay re­spect to a dad now long gone or fa­thers will mourn over the pass­ing of a child.

Fa­ther’s day is upon us and the best you can do is to cher­ish the mo­ment.

Make a visit. Make a tele­phone call. Make the day as per­sonal as pos­si­ble.

Life is about re­la­tion­ships and there is noth­ing like lov­ing a fa­ther or a child while you have the op­por­tu­nity. When you look back you’ll be so glad you did.

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