Father’s Day is a day that used to make my heart ache. My children grew up most of their lives without their Dad in the home. I had a Dad who was pretty abusive when I was growing up. I’ve tried very hard to find peace about all of these things over the years.
Today I heard someone say that when he was 14 his Dad was a complete idiot! By the time he was 21 he was amazed at how much his father had learned! I’m a fair bit older than 21 and I keep seeing my parents with new eyes as I age.
I have a pretty good relationship with my dad at this point in life. He has softened somewhat in his old age, as we all tend to do. I can have conversations with him and enjoy them.
My stepdad, who we call Pops, has taught me about love! He is such a good man! When I called him to tell him happy Father’s Day today, he called me ‘sweetheart’. Oh, how that touches my heart! I remember at my youngest son’s wedding I looked over at my ex-husband. Pops put his arm around me and said, “He doesn’t know what he’s missing.” Pops is not a man of many words, but he always says the right ones! I always know that he loves me!
Fathers are so important in our lives. When the father enters the room a child feels protected.
My dad taught me some core beliefs that I hold to still today.
He taught me some things I swore I would never do to my children. Which in a way is also effective.
Whatever you experienced with your father as you grew up, I hope that today you have a strong male example in your lives to look up to and love. If you are a father I hope you are striving to set an example you hope your children will remember with love.