Cherish this Father’s Day

It's time to once again celebrate Father's Day in America.
I like Father's Day. It's always interesting to see if my children or anyone remembers. Maybe I will get a text, an email or even a telephone call. Father's Day is kind of like your birthday -  you don't really think about it until the day comes. You then can't help but notice who forgot or who simply does not care.

I was always busy as a young adult and probably didn't pay attention to Father's Day like I should have until later in life. I got a little closer to my dad in his later years simply because my mother had died and he had to talk to me when I called. My father was a good dad in that he took care of us. He kept food on the table and a roof over our heads. I never had to face living with a single parent or in a blended family. All I knew was my mom and dad and I never worried about being hungry or being homeless. Millions of Americans cannot say this. This is not a negative about single parenting or being homeless or blended families. I'm simply saying that mom and dad hung in there and my sisters and brothers and I have a lot for which to be thankful.

My grandfather was a good dad. He raised ten children. He was a blessing to a multitude of grandchildren. He worked until he was 83. I never saw him smile a lot, but how could he smile when there were dozens of grandchildren around all the time? Plus, he worked six days a week until he was 83. He managed it pretty well.
My son is a good dad. I can believe it because he was a good son. Yet, it's always amazing when you see your child in action. He spends so much time with my little grandson and they have a beautiful bond. I love to watch their interaction, and I am so happy for both of them.
This Father's Day will once again be a good day and a tough day. Fathers will count their blessings and also their failures. Fathers will wish for another chance to do it again, but we only get one chance to be a dad. Many will visit cemeteries to pay respect to a dad now long gone or fathers will mourn over the passing of a child.

Father's Day is upon us and the best you can do is to cherish the moment. Make a visit. Make a telephone call. Make the day as personal as possible. Life is about relationships and there is nothing like loving a father or a child while you have the opportunity. When you look back you'll be so glad you did.

Glenn Mollette
Washington, D.C.


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