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A Tribute To All Fathers--Happy Father's Day!

Updated on July 23, 2012


Father’s Day is a day that we honor and celebrate all dads, who work tirelessly to support, educate, and protect their families in times of hardship or prosperity. They strive to raise their children to be respectful, responsible and to be able to be good productive adults with morals and family values. Dad’s can be stern, obnoxious, supportive, strict disciplinarians, and extremely protective. Dad’s sometimes behave like children themselves, and can be very funny and entertaining.  Most of all, a fathers love is unconditional and deep rooted to the very fiber of their being. Dad’s are a source of strength and support, encouragement and forgiveness and deserve to be honored for all they have done, all they do and all that they are.

QUOTE: "It is a wise father that knows his own child" –William Shakespeare

What makes a good father? It is hearing the lusty cry of your newborn baby, and the sharing and caring for the small fragile life that you made. It is working each day to provide for your own, and going to do zoo when you would rather be at home. Being a father is helping each child face the world and challenges of today, and showing them the wisdom of choosing to go the right way. It is standing tall and stern when your child has broken the rules, and lifting them up when they have learned from life’s hardest school. It is letting go of your children when they go their own ways, and having the knowledge to know that they will be forever changed after doing so. It is giving away your little girl to another man and having to trust someone else to take over the protective and provider role that once belonged only to you. A fathers job is not an easy one, ask any father and he will tell you so, but a good father will also tell you that no matter what he had to endure, the end justified the means and was always worth the sacrifice.

QUOTE: "Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance."
Ruth E. Renkel

I am sure everyone can recall a few “fatherly phrases” from their childhood; I wanted to list some of the ones that I heard many times throughout my childhood. Here are a few of my favorites;

* Close the door, are you trying to heat/cool the whole county?

* If you keep your eyes crossed, they will stick that way.

* Do not what I do, but what I tell you to do!

* Because I said so..

* This is going to hurt me a lot more than it is going to hurt you.

* Money doesn’t grow on trees!

* No pain, no gain.

* Before you criticize another man, walk a mile in his shoes.

* Someday you’ll thank me.

* Don’t worry; I know what I am doing.

* If you don’t stop crying, I will give you something to cry about!

* A penny saved is a penny earned.

QUOTE: Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
Exodus 20. 12

I find myself wondering if I gave my dad his due, for all that he has done for me, and did I ever thank him? For all my childhood memories, for helping me deal with life’s stresses, for helping me accept my defeats, and celebrate all of my successes. Did I thank him for teaching me the value of hard work, courage, good judgment and being true? I wonder if I thanked him for the laughter, smiles, and great times we shared. My dad taught me right from wrong and I hope he knows how much he is loved and appreciated, and I can undeniably, without a doubt realize all that my dad has done for me over the years, and the only words I can find to say, are Dad, you are my hero, I love you dearly and most of all I say, from the bottom of my heart, Thank You!

I honor my dad today for all he is to me, and hope that you will find the time to give your dad his due, and find a way, even a simple word, to honor your father too. Thank you Fathers around the world that do the things you do, we honor you and love you and today we give you your due! Happy Father’s Day!

What Makes a Dad?

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,

The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,

He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

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    • Darknlovely3436 profile image

      Annie 6 years ago from NewYork

      great tribute, vote up!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      What a beautiful and moving tribute to fatherhood.

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      TinaMarieTad 7 years ago from Michigan

      Joni~ Thanks my friend! I am glad you enjoyed the poem.. Your are right, finding the right mix is important and definitely worth the effort!

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      Joni Douglas 7 years ago

      Tina, what a great tribute to fathers! I really loved the poem.Some of those phrases I've heard a few times from my dad. Being a responsible dad is like you say, very difficult. Finding the right mix of love and discipline is worth the effort.

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      TinaMarieTad 7 years ago from Michigan

      Wayne~ Nice to see you! Happy Father's Day to you! You are so right, if your child is a good person and true to their values, what a blessing! It is testiment to good parenting and a lot of hard work..enjoy your day tomorrow!

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      Wayne Brown 7 years ago from Texas

      Well done! TinaMarie...Being a dad myself I can attest to the fact that a child always gives thanks and credit to dad (and mom as well)when they grow up straight and true and we witness what a good thing we have done because the child "gets it". That's all the thanks I need and all the pride I want. WB