Skip to comments.HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
Posted on 06/18/2006 10:22:35 AM PDT by carlo3b
No matter how you cut it, being a father, or what now constitutes a Father is getting a whole lot fuzzier, and a lot less difficult..
They, my 5 kids, and 5 grand kids call me, Dad, daddy, old man, pa, papa, pop, and even Father, when I am needed most in my role of family patriarch.. Dad, is the rank, position, title, no matter which you choose, they all are music to my ears..
Everything about being a dad has been the only truly redeeming factor of my existence thus far. However, apparently not everyone sees the meaning of being a dad as something to be proud of, or shares my view of it's rewards.
Lets start by saying that the meaning of fatherhood has, can we say, evolved through the generations.. Even the definition of Father has been diluted, reworked, and somewhat sanitized, as you can see below:
Now, there is something for all red-blooded men to aspire .. a donor ..a SIRE... :(
Pronunciation: 'fä-[th]&r, 'f[a']-
Etymology: Middle English fader, from Old English fæder; akin to Old High German fater father, Latin pater, Greek patEr
a : a man who has begotten a child; also : SIRE
a : one related to another in a way suggesting that of father to child b : an old man -- used as a respectful form of address
often capitalized :
a : one that originates or institutes <the father of modern science> b : SOURCE <the sun, the father of warmth and light --
: one of the leading men (as of a city) -- usually used in plural
Text: 1 a male human parent <the special relationship that exists between fathers and sons>
(and the only definition that has any meaning left in our pop culture...)
a: provider, donor, of the sperm, a male parent of an animal! Whoa!!!
Sorry, I'll take the really old fashioned meaning, maybe because I am getting old, or maybe because I really do understand what a Dad really means to a child (of all ages).. A Dad is the foundation rock of the family, the bedrock of the clan structure, the faithfull advisor, the provider, the alternative viewpoint of familial matters, the principal male character in setting the standards of male behaviors, a romantic hero, a guardian of the peace, a role model, a teacher, an understanding mentor, a strong/soft shoulder.. an easy mark.. a softy.. Dad is cool, calm, collected, and always there when you need him.. good for a twenty, or a tear, or a kiss..
HAPPY FATHERS DAY
To all FReeper dads..
I was just thinking, "Where's the Father's Day thread?" :)
Thank Our Lord for all the wonderful FATHERS everywhere.
< /sarcasm >
May I hitch a ride on your thread and wish all the Dad's here a special day too? I know sometimes it doesn't seem that you are appreciated in today's media but you are all special and truly blessed.
Happy Father's Day to all our dads and to all the hero dads fighting for our freedom.
God bless you and I thank you Carlo!!! You are one of the nicest, kindest and most considerate members of FR!!!
Thanks for the Father's Day wish. I'd like to join in that wish for all fathers out there. Have a great day dads.
Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father's Day to you as well.
A wise man once said, "Any man can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy."
I like to think that that is one of the things in my life that I have accomplished.
Happy Fathers' Day, Dads!
And to my own, thanks, Dad...you're my hero!
Bless all you FReeper daddys! I appreciate all you wonderful and loving fathers out there. For all you do, this *hug*'s for you! :)
Happy fathers day to Huey Lewis, who may or may not be my father.
A father may be just a sperm donor, but a dad is forever. A dad is one who is there to wipe away the tears, bandage the skinned knee or give a hug when the boyfriend/girlfriend breaks off the romance.
You, sir, are more than a father...you're a dad!!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!
My daughter refers to me as DoD after the days she was away to college and always started her letters to me Daddy Dear. It meant she needed money for something or else she wrecked her car again. I signed my letters to her Dear old Dad and use it today when I eMail her.
They now run the family business here in Eureka.
Have a Fine Day Carlo and always Thanks for the Ping...
Happy Father's Day, FReeper dads! (and lurker dads, too!)
In loving memory of my dad, looking down at me from heaven.
I sort of like the "source" definition. That's what the kids and grandkids believe anyway. :)