Who cares about Father’s Day, anyway? Other than some sales at the hardware store or sporting goods store, you wouldn’t even know it existed. And it is so anticlimactic after the joyous celebration of Mother’s Day a few weeks before.
This lack of interest tells us how society puts down and diminishes the importance of fathers in the home, in our lives. TV shows, newspapers, movies portray fathers as bumbling idiots, cheaters, unfaithful jerks. But we all know different. Deep down in our hearts we know what a good father is, even if we had a bad or absent one. Must be instinct.
Father’s Day—Bah Humbug!
How about looking at Father’s Day like Charles Dickens looked at Christmas. We know what we would see from the visit of the Ghost of Father’s Day Past: Probably happy times with daddy before the divorce came. Some dads did better than others. And from the visit of the Ghost of Father’s Day Present: Not much. Sad.
But what about the visit of the Ghost of Father’s Day Future? Maybe no fathers in homes. Test tube babies. No marriage at all where couples come together to raise successful children. There is an interesting trilogy of books set about 30 years in the future by Dr. James Dobson and Kurt Bruner: Fatherless, Childless and Godless. Scary.
We need to restore respect for fatherhood. We as a family are down-sizing and simplifying. But we’re older anyway. I would like to see more younger couples down-size and cut back, so that fathers could become old-fashioned providers and breadwinners. This is the easy way dads can show love.
Quote for today: “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”—Martin Luther King, Jr.