Father’s day is right around the corner. It made me stop when I realized how close it is as my own father died early last year. I learned some very valuable life lessons from him. He taught me how to tie my shoes. I earned the feeling of mastering a skill. He taught me how to dance by letting me stand on his polished (Army) dress shoes. He taught me how to ride my bike. I learned confidence and competence. I can still hear him asking me, “are you going to ride the bike or let the bike ride you because if the bike rides you, you won’t like where you end up!”
So I pondered Father’s Day and what it means to so many of us. Some had wonderful fathers who were their warriors, their guide, their safe haven. Some had fathers who were barely there and maybe absent most of the time. Some may not have had a father in their early years or any years. They may have had other men who were father figures to them.
I pondered about fathers, first time fathers, step fathers, single fathers, gay fathers and the men who may have desired to be fathers who never had the opportunity. I pondered fathers as we all know it takes two to give us life. Yet the research has been so lacking in supporting fathers until the last 10-15 years. So here is my Celebration to fathers everywhere! In the upcoming weeks I will post a series of highlights on Fathers. They maybe my musings or they maybe video blogs. Who knows?