Father’s Day

Father’s Day

Yes, it is Father’s Day today (at least in the United States).

In the light of ‘fairness’ – Mother’s Day gets more attention than Father’s Day.  But, as they say “It takes two to tango”.

To me as a Father, it probably means getting a card.  When the family was closer it would mean I would get to grill out.  It might mean getting a new barbeque fork for the grill, or charcoal or similar gift.  Maybe a barbeque apron with some catchy phrase on it like “Real Cool Dad”; “Steve’s BBQ” (personalized aprons); “World’s Greatest Father” or similar.  

On Mother’s Day it is traditional to get Mom flowers and take her out for dinner.  But on Father’s Day men are to show off their skills on the grill.

Aside, I am NOT the world’s best outdoor cooking person.  My hamburgers are either too done (and burnt) or undercooked.  Chicken on the grill? Only if you want it tough and so dry that not even BBQ sauce can moisten it up.  

Supposedly in Europe, Father’s Day is held on St. Joseph’s Day (March 19th) as St. Joseph as the ‘step-father’ of Jesus is considered a model father.  

I guess it is like so many events in American culture – time to go shopping and get dad a gift.  (Hey, shoppers need an incentive to go out and buy aprons to wear on the rare occasions they grill hamburgers and hotdogs.)

On the other hand, it is a great day to remember the Dads in our lives.  My dad was great. He was a good provider – worked diligently, loved his children and his wife (my mom).  He made the money, provided us with food on the table and a roof over our heads. He was fantastic and I do miss him!!!

I tried to be like him with our children and family.  I guess our children came out well – and I want to claim some of that was from me.  

I find it interesting when watching college football as the camera picks up the image of a football player who just scored a touchdown saying ‘thanks Mom” into the TV camera- when it probably was Dad who was in the backyard tossing the football around with his children – or coaching the kids soccer, softball, baseball and whatever else (like being Scoutmaster).  

So, to the Dads out there – HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!!  I hope your grill works great today!!!

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
“When you coming home, dad?” “I don’t know when”
But we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

Posted by Bruce White

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