On Sunday, June 15 we will celebrate “Father’s Day,” a special time reserved for the men who helped create us. Now, in many cases, I feel Americans fail to make this special occasion as big a deal as we should. Possibly because fathers are typically always in the background.
At least in my day, they were considered the bread winners, so normally they were forced to work outside the home. That meant they had left for work long before the children woke up and they often did not return home until late in the evening.
In many cases, the children grew up spending most of their time with their mother who had so many duties she was often heard saying, “Wait until your father gets home!” Have you ever heard that? Boy, I have, and normally those words meant I was in trouble.
Most fathers were expected to act as the disciplinarians in the typical family setting. That could be a huge task in itself, but fathers were also assigned many other duties. They taught each of us the importance of being on time, no matter where one’s appointment might be.
They also were instrumental in teaching children how to accomplish many of the different tasks we would need to know to be successful in life as we grew up, for example how to throw and catch a ball, how to mow and tend lawns, how to repair things, how to drive motorized equipment and vehicles, how to camp and fish, and how to act like a gentleman. Get the idea?
This is only a small list of the many things our fathers have done, or will do for us, but if it gets you to consider all the time your father spent and the things he gave up just to ensure your mental and physical growth and well being, then it will certainly cause me happiness.
Why, you ask? Well, my mother was wonderful and she could have been “Mother of the Year” every year, but as a young boy growing up, my dad was actually the person I looked to for answers for almost any question. He seemed to know what I was going to do before I knew it myself. It was not until I became a father that I was able to understand how and why.
So this Father’s Day, take time to tell your father just how very much you appreciate his efforts and sacrifices in helping mold you into the person you are today. In the near future, you will look into a mirror and see your father staring back at you, so while you still have time, say those words fathers love to hear: I love you, Pop!
Here at your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce, we certainly wish every father a wonderful Father’s Day. Thank you for all your sacrifices.
June is also the month you should consider becoming a member of your local Chamber of Commerce. We are very active within the community and we need your support. Please stop by Community Hall or call us at 276-4274. We would love to meet you.