Father’s Day can be tough. You either grew up as Daddy’s little princess or “my boy”, or you didn’t. For those of us who did, we adore our dad. We have memories of him sweeping us up in his arms to hold us and we felt so content and secure. We see him as strong, handsome and a place we can always run to when life gets scary or painful. His words and arms comfort us and we value his advice. We know we can depend on him no matter what. He taught us how to fix things and helped us with our homework. He made sure we were ok before challenging us to get up and try again. We could hear him over the crowd as he cheered for us and it gave us the energy to push harder. He was there when we had our first heartbreak to comfort us and tell us nobody was good enough for us anyway. He took us out for ice cream and let us have things mom wouldn’t. There isn’t a smile in the world like his.
It would be amazing if all dads were like that. For those of us who didn’t grow up with that type of dad…or if our dad wasn’t present in our home at all, our feelings about him may be mixed.
Regardless of what type of father we grew up with, we can love him and appreciate his efforts to be the best dad he could be. Fathers carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Dads live with the heavy responsibility of providing and giving the family all the things they need and want. Everyone in the family looks to him for security, provision and to lead well. Not an easy task – especially for those dads who had poor role models as fathers. If we really stop and think about it, men are taught to be tough and stuff their emotions down. They are expected to keep it together at all times and excel in everything they do. That’s a LOT of pressure and if we’re honest, quite unfair. After expecting all that from them, we turn around and expect gentleness toward us and want them to connect with our emotions…after they’ve spent a lifetime disconnecting from emotions. Seems conflicting to say the least.
So, whether our dad mastered his role or shied away from it, we can love him unconditionally and be thankful for all the days he pushed through the storms of life for our wellbeing. He had moments of weakness. He cried when no one was around. He felt helpless and even hopeless at times. And yet, he trudged right along.
This Father’s Day, thank him. Even if you feel he didn’t live up to all your expectations. Thank him for when he got it right. Thank him for taking your world on his shoulders. Dads are precious. We only have one. Love on your dad this Father’s Day.
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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. You are loved.