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“One father is more than a one hundred schoolmasters.” This quote from George Herbert, 17th century English poet and orator perfectly sums up the role and the importance of fathers in our children’s lives. In modern society, we place (with good reason) a lot of emphasis on the importance of motherhood while not always paying much attention to the role a strong father plays.
My brothers and I were fortunate to have grown up with a father who was always here for us and instrumental in our lives. He shared with us his love of music, military history, aviation and Dr. Who. Give my parents a call today and you may hear his music blaring in the background.
When my mom was working second shift, I learned to cook by helping him make dinner on those days. I cherish those memories. My dad has always treated my mom as an equal and has always supported her, her goals and her career. My dad’s love for my mom and for us kids was always on display. To this day, my dad still carries the pink comb I gave him when I was in preschool.
Now that we are older and have kids of our own, our kids get to call him Grandpa. My oldest brother and I both have kids, who absolutely adore him. What’s even better is that my kids have a father, who is exceptional. My hubby is an amazing dad, who is devoted to me and our kids. He’s volunteered as a coach on their hockey teams since they started in 2010. Some seasons he’s been on the roster of all three of their travel teams, which is a huge investment of time.
He’s taken the time to show them how to fish, how to build and how to be men. When I work late, he cooks amazing dinners, helps with the homework and takes them to hockey practice. Our life runs at a crazy pace and without a true partnership, we’d never be able to manage our life successfully. My boys are blessed to call him dad and blessed to have three grandpas, who love them unconditionally. They are lucky to have so many positive male role models in their lives.
Time to pop a bottle and celebrate all of the dads in our lives. To all the fathers out gthere, who day in and day out work tirelessly to support their family, happy father’s day!