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When did Father’s Day become an event? There’s always been a Mother’s Day, I know. But now Father’s Day seems to be getting more and more important for some reason. My kids are all coming to my house tomorrow (June 15) to celebrate my day. I was discussing this with some guys at work yesterday and we all were saying how our dads didn’t support us as much when we were kids as we do for our children now.
And that got me to thinking about my father and our relationship. What did he do differently than I’ve done as a father for me to have such special children that want to celebrate me?
My dad was big, scary, mean, soft, tough, gentle, kind, frustrating, my friend and my hero all rolled into one. I needed, loved, hated and worshiped my father.
He was who I was and wasn’t going to be. He’s the one who made me and named me after him.
Yet, still, I swore to myself I would be a different man than he was. And because of him I am.
Today our relationship has changed dramatically. I don’t feel a need to prove anything to him. We are finally no longer in competition over anything.
Today my dad is only a buddy … someone to hang around with, my confidant, someone who I can vent to without being judged, my adviser, my hero and my best friend.
He is the reason why I’m having a Father’s Day tomorrow.
I love you, Dad.