In the United States, today is Father’s Day Sunday. This is the designated date in which we honor and salute our fathers – adopted, birth (natural), the man who raised us or those who served as our surrogate fathers when our own wasn’t around, for whatever the reason. We think of them on this day and, if possible, we thank them for all the time and effort they invested in us, as well as subtly apologizing for all the anguish and pain we caused them because we were too obstinate, selfish or foolish. Happy Father’s Day!
My own father raised eight sons. He corrected our mistakes, instilled us with his vast knowledge and taught us to be proud of the men that the eight of us have become. He showed us love and taught us how to love others in addition to ourselves. He taught us how to play sports and how to be fair. He shared with us how to be reverent and respectful towards everyone, no matter their age, religion, race, ethnicity, ability or gender.
I am also very fortunate to have an exceptional father-in-law. Aaron’s father treats me as though I was his own. I appreciate him and am grateful to him for his effort in bringing Aaron into this world.
To fathers everywhere, bare or clothed, gay or otherwise, congratulations on assuming the noble role of fatherhood. I salute each and all. Happy Father’s Day!