It's awhile until Father's Day but I think Dad's deserve a tribute every day, not just some random weekend in June.
Bill Cosby makes us laugh with his description of Father's Day and the obligatory "tie". That's how it was when I was a kid. You got your dad something...business-y. Or, if you were older and earned your own money, you might spring for concert tickets, or something for the car. Of course, everyone created the mug, ashtray, or T-shirt that said, "World's Best Dad." But, no one believed it. World's Best wasn't what we thought when we thought of our Dad.
It's hard to qualify "world's best," don't you think? And, it's such a cliche', our Dads don't believe it - do you?
Dads are every bit as important to children as Moms are. Dads are unique - within each family; there are dads that hang out in the garage and can fix the family car better than the mechanic down the street. There are dads that wear a suit to work each day and are very serious about earning that paycheck - so much so, they might bring work home more often than the kids (and Mom) would like. There are dads that believe the best things in their life are at home - and they bring home enough salary to take care of things, but they don't bring 'work' home with them.
There are dads that will let their daughters put make-up on them and fix their hair. Then, allow the child to take pictures! (this blog about and for dads is fantastic - especially this post about embarrassing your kids!)
There are dads that love sports and work with their kids, girls or boys, to make sure they have all the equipment they need, and even a bit of coaching. They do it because they know it helps teach old-fashioned values like fair play, winning, helping others, and having fun. If they get caught up in the game and a bit overzealous, they make up for it later on, at the pizza parlor.
Then there are dads that aren't sure how to be dads. They mean well - but they don't get 'girls' and they don't like pets and they don't display affection, much. They love their kids as much as anyone else, but... kids are foreign territory to them. By the time the kids grow up and are able to relate to them one-on-one, it's too late. The kids have drifted off.
In the end, Dads are human. Dads deserve our love and respect. And, if they fall short of our expectations, we should cut them some slack.
After all, what goes around, comes around.
When your Dad becomes a Granddad, you'll see the light. And, so will he. (check out the links in this post - pretty interesting sites focused on Dads.)