Dads, dog-dads, Gran-dads, and Step-Up-Dads, this is your day as being appreciated!
From the first-timers, welcoming a drooling, crawling, and burbling little one into your arms (I guess it could also be applied to babies as to puppies), to the post-middle age dog-man, a dozen years on, appreciating the energy of his perennial five-year old, still anxious to go for walks with him.
At our church service today, it was heartfelt to see all the dads being celebrated. Kids I remember being small children, not high school graduates(!), honoring her dad, and in the sermon considering how wonderful it is to have a Heavenly Dad who cares for us. Here on earth though, having one son text, “Love you Pops”, and send you a little gift on your special day – and it be utensils to use for my baking hobby – is so encouraging.
While we could go out to eat, as we did for Mom, on our day, we love to grill and have our family to spend time with us. With three sons, a daughter (in-law), a grandson, and a grand-daughter (this Fall), it means so much to this Step-Up dad to have them close by.
A Father’s Day poem, by Sheri Saretsky
To all the fathers here today, whether seasoned or brand new The day has come to recognize what those kids have put you through! And while the mothers get a restaurant trip On their holiday in May You’ll most likely be at a barbeque Cooking…on your special day But that doesn’t minimize how much You’ve given of your heart To help these kiddos grow up strong And get a better start From the first diaper that you ever changed Or that first sleepless night To becoming an experienced father yourself Who could share some great insight For the times you pretended to pour fake tea when your daughter was only two when you really wanted to watch the game but this was more important, you knew For every baseball, football, or softball game You made sure to attend And every band performance or dance recital That took the full weekend The games you coached, the balls you threw The lessons that you taught Even when you didn’t think they listened When it seemed you only fought To keep them going on the right path When they went off on their own Your voice was still inside their head Whenever they felt alone For the nights you kneeled beside their beds And held their hands so tight Praying that they’d grow up strong And always be all right For the times you gave up dreams you had To focus on their needs Realize every sacrifice Was planting important seeds That made them feel your love and care Knowing Dad was in their court Even when they wandered off the path And sometimes came up short And to those fathers that took Kids in, that never shared their DNA You deserve a special place of honor On this and every Fathers Day For those fathers who went on ahead and now watch from above I know they’re still in our hearts, and we still feel their love So for every wrinkle, ache, and pain That those kids have left behind know it all comes back to you and always bear in mind that they will come back to thank you when their time to parent comes around and suddenly all those things they railed against will begin to sound….profound!