Celebrating Father’s Day

Posted by: ST on June 21, 2009 at 10:45 am

I’m getting ready to head out the door for a Father’s Day get together at my sister’s house, but wanted to make sure I posted a quick message before I did.

Happy Father’s Day to all the wonderful fathers out there in the world! A special shout out goes to my friend Patrick O’Hannigan, who on this Father’s Day is praying for his young daughter’s recovery from a serious auto accident he and she were in earlier this week. He’s seen a lot of miracles this week thanks to prayers and well wishes, and you can read more about his and her story here, here, here, and here.

Another special shout out goes to dads who are serving in the military overseas, and who are away from their wives and children, as well as to the dads of our fine men and women serving overseas. Please know that a lot of people ya’ll don’t even know are praying for you.

And last but not least, a very special Happy Dad’s Day to my sweet dad, who is still kickin’ while battling ailments that are associated mostly with getting older and working manual labor most of his life. Dad-o, I love you more than I can express in any post or any greeting card. >:d<

I know we all disagree with most of President Obama’s agenda, but his messages about parenting and – in particular – fatherhood, have always appealed to me. Parade Magazine has published a special Father’s Day message he has written to his two young daughters and to all dads in the world and future dads. Here are a few excerpts:

So we need to step out of our own heads and tune in. We need to turn off the television and start talking with our kids, and listening to them, and understanding what’s going on in their lives.

We need to set limits and expectations. We need to replace that video game with a book and make sure that homework gets done. We need to say to our daughters, Don’t ever let images on TV tell you what you are worth, because I expect you to dream without limit and reach for your goals. We need to tell our sons, Those songs on the radio may glorify violence, but in our house, we find glory in achievement, self-respect, and hard work.

We need to realize that we are our children’s first and best teachers. When we are selfish or inconsiderate, when we mistreat our wives or girlfriends, when we cut corners or fail to control our tempers, our children learn from that—and it’s no surprise when we see those behaviors in our schools or on our streets.

But it also works the other way around. When we work hard, treat others with respect, spend within our means, and contribute to our communities, those are the lessons our children learn. And that is what so many fathers are doing every day—coaching soccer and Little League, going to those school assemblies and parent-teacher conferences, scrimping and saving and working that extra shift so their kids can go to college. They are fulfilling their most fundamental duty as fathers: to show their children, by example, the kind of people they want them to become.

Read the rest here.

Catch ya’ll later.

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2 Responses to “Celebrating Father’s Day”


  1. Carlos says:

    Wonderful sentiments, for the most part.

    My question is, why does His Hollowness preach this to us, then turn around with his policies and programs and try to deprive us, his very subjects (in his mind) of our God-given rights to earn the honor and respect, by forcing a nanny guvmint on us all? His programs are designed to do two things only: First and most important, make liberals themselves feel good because they’re doing something for “those who can’t do it for themselves (no matter the actual consequences of those policies and programs).

    Second, the policies and programs are designed specifically to enslave those they purportedly are designed to help, by taking away both any initiative to improve and to remove any stigma attached to bad (deviant) behavior.

    So, for us fathers paying attention, do what he says, not what he practices by policy.

  2. OldSailor88 says:

    Sister, Thanks for the shout out.

    I read your blog all the time. I’m one of those Military Dads that is currently deployed. I spent my Father’s day on watch in Iraq. Appropriately, my wife and two daughters went shopping back home. No worries, I got my phone call, I’m all good.

    Thanks again for the mention.

    Old Sailor sends.