I’m a day late on this one but for good reason. I purposely avoided social media yesterday. Distancing myself from the white noise made the day easier. Especially when the day serves as a bittersweet reminder.
As much of a Hallmark holiday as it might be, holidays like Father’s Day carry meaning. It’s a day to be grateful for those father figures in our lives. We share significant portions of our lives with them. They provide for us. They bestow their wisdom to us. They teach us how to be good people.
Although my dad is no longer here in his physical form, his legacy lives on with me. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. The smallest things spark those memories. Hearing his favorite band (Led Zeppelin in case you were wondering). Eating a savory meal, reminiscing over his famed cooking as a local chef. Just driving to work and thinking about all the times I’d call him just to shoot the shit.
Most importantly, my dad ensured that I became the young man I am today. This included sacrifice, responsibility, and many heart-to-heart conversations.
I know not everyone had the greatest relationship with their biological father, but this could include stepparents, coaches, teachers, uncles, cousins, grandparents, or anyone who fulfilled the father role in your life. Those who you have or those who are no longer with us.
Be grateful for them. They deserve it.
If you’re filling in this role as a father, a father-to-be, or a father figure, embrace it. Your role is essential.
Happy Father’s Day. I love you, Dad.
– The Caring Counselor