June 14, 2016
I don’t think that many fathers actually like Father’s Day…..
The reason being, it reminds them that they are old and have responsibilities. Most Dads like to pretend that they are still 21, can still kick a football like Ronaldo and believe that there is still time to headline Glastonbury….or maybe that’s just me?
A day set aside to remind them of their responsibilities therefore maybe isn’t at the top of their enjoyment list. But we need to thank the Dads out there for the important part they play in our lives.
Fathers can be incredibly strong role models, whether they are aware of this or not. Through their experiences that have helped shaped them, they can offer guidance and a steer on the world to help their children avoid making the same mistakes they or their friends did.
Of course, if only it was that easy! The ignorance of youth can leave the penny to drop a lot further down the line. That reminds me of a great quote by Mark Twain:
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
That quote rings true with my experience growing up. But the moral compass of my Dad, I think, ended up pointing me in the right direction. Thanks Dad! Experience is the key or, as my father-in-law likes to say, ‘I’ve been 35, you’ve not been 71’
Despite this fathers, whether new or old, will appreciate a thoughtful gift. So put a smile on their face as they realise that some of their wise words might have actually been taken on board.