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Father's Day, 2007

The Editor's Column
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2007/6/17 17:53:42 (1861 reads)

At 3 A.M., I had a really wonderful idea for a blog about Fathers' Day. Then I realized I had not taken my sleeping pill, so I did so, and promptly forgot what I was going to write about.

However, I was surprised this morning by my oldest son, Seth (8), who brought me breakfast in bed. He's such a good kid with a kind heart. He brought me toast with marmalade (my favorite), some yogurt, and some overly microwaved scrambled eggs.

I did my best to choke down a bite or two of the eggs - trying not to think too much about the crunchy shells, or the fact that he had overcooked them to the point they were green. It is the thought that matters, of course. When the kids weren't looking, I quickly threw the eggs on the floor, where our dog promptly ate all but the most green parts. The toast and marmalade was at least very good.

At any rate, I'm very proud of my boys - even though they get under my skin at times, they are both good people, and brilliant in their own ways.

And I can truly say, that I never really understood exactly what love was until my first son was born. Even though I was married, and knew the concept of romantic love, and family love - I don't think there is any love stronger than that of a parent for their child. It is a universal concept that I think everyone should take to heart. Regardless of race, language, culture, geography, politics, or whatever: People love their children. People want their children to grow up right - knowing right from wrong, and having strength of character. People want their children to inherit a world better than what we started with.

As my kids grow older, and I gain more grey hairs, I constantly find myself saying something to my kids and realizing that I HAVE BECOME MY FATHER. Yep. I say the things he said. I go around cutting off lights behind my children. I lecture my kids about money, and not wasting things.

I was thinking last night about how important it is for boys to have male role models. I am not in any way knocking the non-traditional family. In fact, when I was young, my parents divorced, and I lived with my mother. But fortunately for me, my parents were civil in front of my brother and me, and didn't try to turn us against each other. My dad had regular visits - we stayed with him every other weekend, and twice a week. But I feel a little sad for boys - and I guess girls, for that matter - who don't grow up with a father figure.

I strongly believe that boys especially though, need to have a strong male role model to teach them important things. A boy needs to learn how to carry himself as a man. A boy needs to learn how to respect women. A boy needs to learn responsibility. A boy needs to learn how to defend himself, but not be a bully. A boy needs to learn to pay consequences, and own up to his misdeeds.

So many important things for fathers to do...

Anyhow, I'm just rambling, I suppose. But I want to say thank you, and Happy Fathers Day to my dad, and all of the other dads out there that are more than just sperm donors. And I want to say happy Fathers Day to all of the single mothers out there that have to serve both roles.

If you're a Dad, or take on a Dad's role, please give yourself a pat on the back for what you've accomplished, and remember how important your role is.

If you're not a Dad, but you'd like to make a difference in a child's life, please consider getting involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, which likely has a chapter near you.

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