Posted on June 21, 2009. Filed under: Holiday / Holy Day... |

In honor of all fathers, past, present and soon-to-be, I would like to wish you a very Happy Father’s Day.  In the world we now live in, there’s temptation around every low road, and when I see a man who is married with children take the high road, I can’t help but respect him.  They take their role as husband and father seriously, and I find that incredibly admirable.  I think that when a man stays on the straight and narrow, he feels a strong sense of pride, and that pride translates to his family, and it shows in the faces of his loved ones.  That, to me, is a man; that, to me, is a father.  They seem to be a dying breed, for some reason.  There’s more single-parent families today, and more often than not, it’s the guys who leave their families behind.  Maybe they think the grass will be greener in another pasture, but what most of them find is just a generic version of what they left behind.  Fatherhood is certainly not easy, but something worth having is never easy.  I don’t have any children, but I can always tell a happy family when I see one.  Dads unknowingly shape their children’s world with their actions; their actions are learned and emulated by their children.  That’s a heavy load, but if you instill the values you learned into your children, you will be leaving quite a legacy behind.  Children need someone they can look up to, and that honor most times will fall upon the dad.
For all of you dads out there who create a happy and loving home life for your families, you are to be applauded.  It’s hard work, and dads who sacrifice for their families learn that through love, patience and hard work, you can be the richest dad in the world, even if you only have a few bucks in your pocket.  You are the lucky ones because there’s nothing greater that being a part of a loving and caring family.  You can’t put a price on that.
As far as the fathers who chose to leave their families behind, I feel sorry for you.  You will never know the joys of being a father if you’re absent from them.  Maybe some of you left your families because "you just couldn’t take it anymore", "you needed some time, some space" or "you weren’t happy".  May I offer a little bit of advice?  If you really want to be happy, don’t run away from your responsibilities as a husband and a father because the rewards are too enormous to toss aside.  If you want to start building a better tomorrow, you need to start with your own family today. 
So today is your day…Father’s Day.  Embrace it and all the wonderful rewards associated with it, and know that your family will be stronger because of you.  The way I see it, any guy can make children, but it takes a man to bring them up.  That’s a quote from yours truly, and here are some quotes about fathers from others…
"The most important thing a father can do
for his children is to love their mother."
~~Author Unknown

"To her the name of father was another name for love."
~~By Fanny Fern.~~

"They didn’t believe their father had ever been young;
surely even in the cradle he had been a very,
very small man in a gray suit,
with a little dark mustache and flat, incurious eyes."
~~By Richard Shattuck.~~

"Fathers, like mothers, are not born.
Men grow into fathers-
and fathering is
a very important stage in their development."
~~By David M. Gottesman.~~

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."
~~By William Shakespeare (1564-1616)~~

"It doesn’t matter who my father was;
it matters who I remember he was."
~~By Anne Sexton (1928-1974) U.S. poet.~~

"I cannot think of any need in childhood
as strong as the need for a father’s protection."
~~By Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)~~

"A Man’s children and his garden both reflect the
amount of weeding done during the growing season."
~~Author Unknown.~~

"The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God, and I call him Dad!"
~~Author Unknown.


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