Did you grow up in a Christian atmosphere? It really feels great being the "head of the household". Every night after dinner, he would read from the Bible and pray before anyone left the table. Take Dad for a walk, a round of golf, a beach trip, a fishing outing or whatever else he's into.
Fathers get a free combo meal at PDQ on I-10 at Bunker Hill with the purchase of any kid's meal. I couldn't get enough. As a young child, I remember saying, "I love you" at bedtime because I wanted to hear him tell me that he loved me. But if your dad is like mine, and I think many probably are, he tends to be reserved about discussing his health issues and concerns, figuring it's better "not to worry the kids". I learned the importance of laughter from him.
After I became a parent, I realized my father did love me.
He also taught me how to make popcorn in a kettle on the stove, how to play cards, how to throw, catch and hit behind the runner, how to ride a bike and eventually how to drive a auto. There's no question that Father's Day will be different this year but "different" doesn't have to mean "dismal". And still is. You can't choose who your father will be, but you can choose the father you should be. Some fathers work far away, some work very long hours, and some work at home, but they are all trying to give their families the best! The festivities angered the older son who felt his loyal obedience was unappreciated.
This Father's Day weekend is a good time to affirm the irreplaceable and crucial role of fathers.
Are you a father? A father can not control how his children will turn out. They will love greatly but rarely find the right words to express it. He deserves a big thank you for the never ending support he has showered you with in every step of your life. You can discuss anything with him, chug beer and pull Hukkahs with him. If yesterday was about moms moving out of home and becoming equal partners in workplace then today it's about dads moving into homes to become more equal partners in family. His speaking ability deteriorated months prior to his death.
Former Chicago Tribune columnist Bob Greene echoed the thoughts of many sons and daughters when he wrote about watching his father slowly die.
Wallace McLaughlin, president and CEO of local nonprofit organization Fathers and Families, has seen how determined local Black fathers are working to be a part of their children's lives. I'd say "lazy", too, but I think in the traditional standards by which my dad was raised by his own dad, laziness falls under "being inconsiderate", just like being late and being rude. I knew, at the earliest age possible, I needed to introduce my girls to their heavenly father. What have you personally learned from his strengths and weaknesses? Dad have instilled in us lessons for success and of being a good human-being.
Although she's always been well aware of that legacy, she's never talked about it publicly until now. Our divine Father's love is forever.
Father's Day is supposed to be a celebration of all-things-Dad: a special day to observe and honor the loving relationship between fathers and their children.