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Happy Father’s Day

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:13 am

[guest post by Dana]

Happy Father’s Day to all of you men who love, care, discipline, nurture, provide for and protect your children every day. It’s a Herculean task, which unfortunately has been mocked and maligned so much over the past several decades that one might be led to believe you are simply big kids who get in the way of a much smarter and wiser mother. But we know better. Much better.

You are indispensable in the life of your child. Always. You firmly and lovingly rein in and shape wild young boys into decent young men. You set the high bar of honor and respect for daughters. And you understand you have been given one of the greatest privileges of all: to be the anchor in your child’s life.

There are no perfect fathers, no Jim Andersons or Ward Cleavers, but rather everyday men simply doing the best they can with what they know as they make an eternal difference in the lives of their children.

So, with the greatest admiration and respect for you all, Happy Father’s Day.


11 Responses to “Happy Father’s Day”

  1. Thank you. Good post.

    Patterico (9c670f)

  2. Thank you, Dana! Reff has spent nearly every Father’s Day away from family and children, working track meets so that other Fathers could enjoy a sporting day with their children, and this year is no different. On the way home to enjoy my family, and the love of a great wife and wonderful daughter. My all of our days be as good as the end of this one will be for me.


    reff (fdeed5)

  3. In “The Wizard of Oz”, Dorothy admonishes the “wizard” saying,

    You’re a very bad man!

    He responds,

    Oh, no, my dear — I’m — I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad Wizard.

    I think this was intended to be a statement about fathers.

    LTEC (857bcb)

  4. I’m a very good man. I’m just a very bad Wizard.

    How so?

    Hadoop (f7d5ba)

  5. A good post, Dana, I am so thankful to God that he brought my wonderful husband into the lives of my two older children to “father” them as their dad was not able to. Our son and his two older siblings are as loving and kind as he is.

    Karen Ferris (c21445)

  6. Excellent post.

    Dustin (7f67e8)

  7. Karen, that’s wonderful, indeed. Thanks for sharing that.

    I will say (and meant to in the post but forgot) that if you were to ask my kids who they have the greatest respect and admiration for, all three would say their dad. Surely that must be the greatest and grandest reward of all.

    Dana (91bf38)

  8. Karen Ferris, thank you for your important contribution to Dana’s lovely post. In addition to helping provide a sense of safety and security within a family unit, and material goods that children need, committed fathers are so very necessary as the role models to show the next generation “how it’s done”. There are so many young boys growing up in fatherless homes who simply will never know what it feels like to have a loving, teaching “dad” around. Even more tragic, they will have no real guide on how to be a good dad or good husband themselves when they are grown. Sounds like your kids hit the jackpot.

    elissa (c703ff)

  9. Hey, don’t forget that Ozzie Nelson, Mike Brady, and Charles Ingalls were pretty good tv dads, too.

    Elephant Stone (e0f7b5)

  10. Il Douche is standing in for all those headless narco tostadas:

    gary gulrud (46ca75)

  11. Very useful post. Thanks for sharing with us.

    Seo (d68f95)

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