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My Two Favorite Father’s This Father’s Day

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Father’s Day is one of the holidays that, well, it isn’t as big as Christmas or the 4th of July.  It’s not as memorable as Thanksgiving, nor as noteworthy as New Years Day.

But it’s important to recognize Dad’s on their day, just like it is to honor Mom’s on their day.

And I guess I’m lucky.  I get to honor 2 Dad’s.

The first Dad I’m honoring (and quite frankly, honored to know) is the proud Papa of 2 boys.  I’m in a great position, because I get to just sit back and watch him be a great Dad.  I wasn’t always sure he would be the Dad he turned out to be.  Heck, not of us get formal ‘Dad’ training, I suppose we just try to do our best.

And he does.  I can see from a distance that he truly cherishes those boys and loves his role as their Dad.  Does he do the Dad stuff like I would? Of course not, and that’s a good thing.  I made enough ‘Dad’ mistakes to fill a 5-gallon pail, and I’ll bet he made one or two so far, too.  That’s all a part of being a Dad.  But I can say this: I look at him and wish I had been the Dad he is now.

The second Dad I get to honor doesn’t have 2 boys.  Nope.  He’s got three kids, a boy and 2 girls.  And like that first Dad, I can sit back and watch from a fair distance, kind of keep an eye on how he does this Dad thing.

And he does it fantastic.  Those three kids know their Dad loves them.  Of, I’m sure they think he can be too tough (Didn’t we all think our parents were too tough sometimes?) and too ‘set in his ways’.  After all, he’s an old man!

But I’ve seen him with his kids.  I’ve seen that look in his eye, a look of being proud, and although he wouldn’t say so…a look of love for that boy and those girls.  And he should be proud.  Of them and of himself for the job he’s doing.

And those are the 2 Dad’s I’m recognizing this Father’s Day.  They’re both younger than me (OK, they’re both a lot younger than me), but I’m learning things about being a Dad from them, just like I learned from my own Dad.  I think the best thing I can say is, I wished I would have been as good a Dad to my kids as they are to theirs.

And that’s a good thing.  That probably means their kid’s will be better Dad’s than they are!

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dad’s out there!

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