Happy Father’s Day weekend! This is a time set aside to give honor, time, attention, corny gifts and sometimes expensive cards to those in our lives we treasure. Father’s Day has been around for hundreds of years, starting as a day to honor St Joseph (dad to the ultimate bonus child). The date has ebbed and flowed around the globe, but it settled in America during the early 20th century on the third Sunday in June.
I have many great memories of celebrating Father’s Day. Dinners after church with family and friends, with our dads opening goofy cards and encouraged to put their feet up to simply enjoy everyone’s company, their iced tea glasses magically always full. I was lucky to fall in love with a wonderful man who is also a great dad and grandfather.
What does it mean to be a father? It is much more than biology. This is a space occupied by the one(s) that provides and protects, the one(s) who teaches and disciplines. This space for “father” is for one(s) that serves as both playmate and cheerleader. With so many families being non-traditional (ours included), we also honor on this special day everyone who fills this space. From moms pulling double duty, to grandfathers and grandmothers, uncles, teachers and friends helping fill in these spaces, and to significant others that are loving and helping raise small humans that don't share their DNA. Happy Father’s Day! Cheers to hoping your views this Father's Day weekend are amazing!
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