Did you know that Father’s Day did not become a permanent national holiday until 1972, when President Richard Nixon signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June?
What a father is today is not the same as it was even a decade ago. The changing roles in our society help define what being a father traditionally is and is not. Hollywood is certainly a place where fatherhood is adored, but it’s also a landmine for divorce and affairs, leaving children without a father figure. Today, there’s Kanye and Caitlyn as fathers, and it’s not what you thought. Perhaps it doesn’t have to be.
Two individuals recently told me of how they have stepped up to the plate and took over for their family when they felt it necessary to become the “father figure” for loved ones. What makes their stories more fascinating is how old they are: 19 and 20. This act of courage and willpower is a good sign for a bright future for fathers.
This Father’s Day brings us the beginning of another summer of family fun, outdoor activities, summer blockbuster movies, late evenings with bright night skies and summer vacation for the kiddos.
Fathers, I call upon you to make it your mission to fulfill the dream you desire for your children. Answer their questions, even if they ask you a thousand times. Play hopscotch and make chalk drawings in the driveway with them. Take them on a bike ride, play soccer and teach your children to be kind, helpful, open and altruistic when possible.
My dad would have turned 89 this year. He would have been so interested in the politics that are being debated today. His fascination with electronics would still be current and we would Facetime twice a week. My two brothers and I are all fathers today; three for me, and one and two for the others. Dad would be happy to see his legacy continuing. Our pops was very cool and well liked; he made us laugh out loud all of the time. With that I say, “Feliz Dia Del Padre” or, “Happy Father’s Day!”