From soccer coach to go-kart maker, dads wear a lot of different hats for their children. Father’s Day is the perfect time to take a moment to look at some of their most important roles so we can appreciate all they’ve done and may continue to do for us.
Fathers as Role Models
My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. –Writer Clarence Budington Kelland
While we’ll always run across folks who tell us to do things “because I said so,” the greatest dads often doesn’t have to speak a word to pass on valuable lessons on how to act. The dad who leaves for work at 6 a.m. every weekday teaches us a strong work ethic.
The dad who lets us eat the last piece of cheesecake teaches us the importance of putting others first, even when cheesecake is his all-time favorite dessert.
Fathers as Protectors
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. –Psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud
Whether he’s cradling us in his strong arms as infants, teaching us how to stand up to bullies in adolescence, or chasing away our bad date choices as teens, one of a father’s main aims is keeping us safe. No matter what.
Ensuring we have the basic necessities of food, shelter and a really comfy pillow is another way dads help us stay protected. And the best dads are always ready to rush to our aid, whether we’re in danger from a venomous snake or an equally venomous school principal or neighborhood thug.
Fathers as Great Motivators
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
-Basketball player Jim Valvano
Even if it feels like the rest of the world is out to block your every move, the finest fathers will be there to help you go above, below, around or straight on through the obstacles. Dads who believe in their children give them every ounce of encouragement they need to succeed.
Sure, we’ll still stumble and fall. But dads are there to teach us falling down is not the problem – as long as we get back up. And then they’ll extend their hand to help us do so.
Fathers as Heroes
I have a hero. I call him Dad.
Some dads are decorated military men. Others are dedicated fire chiefs. Still others may run an entire police force or multi-billion-dollar corporation. But even if those achievements make our dads heroic in the eyes of the world, that’s not necessarily what makes them heroic for us.
What makes them our heroes is their total support, ongoing inspiration, and all the big and little ways they let us know deep in our souls how much we’re truly loved.
Give a dose of your own love this Father’s Day by reaching out to let your dad know how much he’s appreciated. Get a gift. Send a card. Give him a great big hug. Just let him know you’re thinking of him and are so glad that he’s your dad.