“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” – Sigmund Freud

Father’s Day may seem like just another made up holiday, so retailers can sell those crappy golf ties.  It’s far more important than crappy ties.  As you celebrate this special day, keep in mind all those fatherless kids out there who don’t understand the meaning of this day or those that lost their father way too early in life.  Many never got to experience what it’s like to have a father around to teach these future Jedi knights the ways of the force.

Just the other morning, for example, my son wanted to make his own breakfast.  He wanted to learn how to make scrambled eggs for a breakfast burrito.  I showed him how to crack the eggs, stir it up, and cook the eggs.  No big deal, right?  Simple, easy things we usually take for granted.  However, this was his first big rodeo; he was genuinely excited about his breakfast masterpiece.  The force is strong with this one, ladies.  You’re welcome future daughter-in-law.

There is no other role more essential or brings more joy to my life.  Please don’t take fatherhood for granted.  Don’t take your father for granted; one day he will be gone.  It is a significant role in life.  Just ask those who grew up without a father, like me.  I had a father figure in my life, but it’s just not the same as having a father around.  Thank your dad for always being there for you.  Not all kids get that experience growing up.

Go play soccer with your kids, play catch with them, have a water balloon fight with them…shit, just be there for them; all these things make a world of difference in the eyes of your children.  I’m very proud of my little man.  I’m honored to play a pivotal role in his life.  I love being this little man’s father.  I wish more men would take an active part in their children’s lives.  Unfortunately, there are a lot of chicken shits out there afraid to embrace the title of “father.”

To all you “fathers” that accepted the responsibilities that come with that honorable title, whether intentionally or “oops,” through re-marriage or adoption, I wholeheartedly salute you.  Too many deadbeat dads out there in this crazy world.  Just because you helped bring a child into this world doesn’t make you a “father.”  That important title must be earned.  So, to all you true FATHERS out there, enjoy YOUR day.  You earned the right to have a Happy Father’s Day!


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