This is their day — Father’s Day.
It is the third Sunday in June when we traditionally remark on the importance of fathers — the men who choose to parent.
These are the guys who provide the best from the male perspective in raising the next generation. Sometimes they partner with a female. Sometimes they go it alone. They might be a biological father, an uncle, a coach or a pastor. They could be a step-father, a much older brother, a teacher or a boss.
They are the ones who give fatherhood the effort. No one asks them to be perfect, but to try, and in the trying — whether as a new father, an experienced father or a grandfather — they take on the challenges one day upon another and reap the rewards of raising today’s youngsters.
From their perspective, here is who a father is.
He is courageous: “Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.” — Barak Obama, former president of the United States.
He is compassionate: “The strongest, toughest men all have compassion. They’re not heartless and cold. You have to be man enough to have compassion — to care about people and about your children.” — Denzel Washington, actor.
He is available: “I think the best thing to do is to allow your daughter or your son to know that they can come to you for anything.” — Jamie Foxx, comedian.
He is an advisor: “I have found the very best way to advise your children is to find out what they want to do and advise them to do it.” — Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States.
He is giving: “When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” William Shakespeare, a 16th century poet and playwright.
He believes: “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.” — Jim Valvano, a basketball player and coach.
He is protective: “I feel a real protective instinct, more so now that I am a father, which is why I get emotional about it.” — Prince William.
This is the day to honor the father figure in your life.
Happy Father’s Day.