FATHER’S DAY: Not Just One Sunday in June

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It’s official. Today is the first day of summer. It’s also Father’s Day. Dad can look forward to a card or two, a new tie, maybe a nice dinner out. But have you noticed? There’s something seriously off-kilter about a culture that spends 364 days a year demeaning and belittling dear old dad, turns around to honor him on one Sunday in June and calls it good.

Sadly, we live in a time and place where dads are most often viewed as: 1) Bumbling oafs who can’t tie their shoes without written instructions, 2) Insensitive clods and boorish louts, or 3) Invisible and irrelevant. Like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without peanut butter. Or jelly. Or bread.

Oh sure, you’ll find a loud-mouthed lout who equates dad-ness with volume or brute force. The dude who thinks siring children and splitting makes him a “father.” Or the guy who throws his weight around because there’s plenty of it. There’s a word for these kinds of guys. And it’s not “dad.”

Real Dads

Real Dads can be hard to find these days. There are plenty of fakes. Just turn on the TV. But the Real Deal is still  around.  And often unsung.

A Real Dad is decent, hard-working, and upstanding. A Real Dad takes his family, job, and responsibilities seriously.  He gets outside himself to benefit others.   A Real Dad puts his family first.  Even when it’s “inconvenient.” Sometimes especially when it’s inconvenient.

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Happy Father’s Day.