From “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin:
My son turned ten just the other day
He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play
Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today
I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And I said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah
You know I'm gonna be like him"
I’m not one to make any day a special day unless it’s actually deserved. And we all know there’s a lot of fathers out there that have dropped the ball in so many ways that it’s impossible to keep track. Plenty of fathers who can’t communicate, never let you know who they really are, plenty who throw money at you but would rather count holes in a bowling ball than have to sit through one of your school plays or meet with a teacher. But barring violence or absence, we love them anyway.
From “American Primitive” by William Jay Smith:
Look at him there in his stovepipe hat,
His high-top shoes, and his handsome collar;
Only my Daddy could look like that,
And I love my Daddy like he loves his Dollar.
And then there are the dads for whom Father’s Day was made:
From “Always there for Me” by Aarthi:
I know you will always hear my rumbling and bear my blaring
I know you will always stand by me even if the world is against
I know you will always adore me and elevate me
I know you will think about me every moment
I know you will be infelicitous without your princess
I know you will always be there for me
You know I love you.
So this day for fathers works both ways. I maintain that you don’t need to acknowledge Father’s Day unless your father deserves it, but I sincerely hope that your father is one who does.