Fathers deserve own day

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We search the various greeting cards for just the right words. Words that adequately reflect how we feel in our hearts for that important man.
Today is that important man’s special day – Father’s Day. It’s a day set aside to thank that man who plays such a pivotal role in our lives. He provides and protects his family. His love is unconditional. A father’s daily presence in children’s lives provides a stable family foundation.
Many of us will celebrate this day with appropriate cards, maybe a special meal, gifts and hugs and kisses. What’s important is to spend quality time with this man who has been so instrumental in your life.
Since 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day, Americans have set aside that day to honor their fathers and grandfathers.
The effort to set aside a day to honor fathers actually dates back to the early 1900s. Fathers’ roles have changed a lot since then. Back then, the father was pretty much the provider for the family. But many of today’s fathers are playing much bigger roles in their family’s lives. Their responsibilities run the gamut – from changing diapers, helping with homework and housework, to cooking and driving children to ball games and other activities. Some fathers stay at home with the children, while the mother works.
More than likely he’s the one who taught us how to ride a bike, bait a hook and drive a car. He’s often the first one we go to when something needs fixing. If you give it some thought, you’ll probably find that there’s an endless list of how much he does for us.There’s no mistaking the importance of that father or father figure in our lives.
Because they do so much for us, we could easily take them for granted. So, that’s why it’s important to have a special day for him.
Be sure to set aside some time today to let that special man know how much you love and care for him.  If you can’t be with him, be sure to call and let him know that you appreciate everything he has done for you.
If your relationship with your father isn’t as good as you would like it to be, then let today be the day you reach out to him. Life is just too short not to try.
If your father is deceased, take some time to reflect on his impact in your life and give thanks for his guiding hand and wisdom.
To all fathers, we wish you a Happy Father’s Day.