Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Some Are Just Called Dad

Well, we made it to June! This is a wonderful time of year. But, it’s not just the sunny, beautiful weather that makes June so great. Oh no, in June we also have the chance to celebrate the incredible fathers in our lives. This year, June 19 is Father’s Day. Whether you get him a card, buy him a gift, take him out to dinner, or just go visit him wherever he may be, make sure you thank him for the impact he has made on your own life. Whether he is still with you or has passed on, I encourage you to take the time to reflect on and share what your father’s presence in your life meant.

Typically, I enjoy writing this column to provide interesting tidbits for mothers and parents concerning our own self-growth and engaging with our children. However, this month, I wanted to give a much-needed shout-out to the

fathers’ in both our own and our children’s lives.

A father comes in all shapes and sizes and can fill several various roles in the vocation of fatherhood. From chasing the monsters away, to taking the training wheels off your bike, to driving you to your DMV appointment, to even walking you down the aisle, your dad shapes your life. He is your own personal super hero, sans cape.

In my own life, I have had the privilege of personally knowing not one, but five amazing fathers. In my own childhood, I was blessed with three wonderful male role models: my father, John, and grandfathers, Henry Jay, and Jim. As a child, these men all held a special place in my heart, helping me to grow into the woman I am today. While my grandfathers have long passed away, my father remains a constant anchor and support. I can honestly say that his presence in my life helped to make me the best version of myself. I learned from my dad how a good man should act, what to expect out of a partner, and most importantly, how to respect myself and care for others in our world.

As for the other two fathers in my life, my father-in-law, Jerry, and husband, Christopher, both represent just how special the bonds between a father and child are. I know that my husband is the man he is today because of his father’s caring hand. Furthermore, since the birth of my son, I have witnessed first hand my husband’s journey into fatherhood. As many mothers may relate, watching your spouse assume and grow into the “dad” role, is a beautiful, albeit, crazy thing.

I know I am not alone in being blessed with such wonderful men in my life. If you are lucky enough to have an incredible father, dad, pappa, poppy, or old man in your life too, let him know how much he means to you.

For all the moms out there with young children, show them how proud you are of the fathers in your life. We model for our children. If you and your children have a good father in your lives, acknowledge it. Teach your kids what a real father looks like and how to honor him.

For all the fathers, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for stepping up and being a dad. While being a parent is an ever-changing landscape, the love and support you provide for your kids (no matter the age) will bear fruit for many years and generations to come. Thank you! God Bless the Fathers!

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By Cheryl Thode

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