You know, they say that blood is thicker than water. But, I'd like to add that love is sometimes thicker than blood. In these days of "broken" families, step parents, foster parents, absent parents, etc., the meaning of "father" has changed. I believe that the meaning should include any man who loves a child like their own, respects them, cares for them and does right by them. I think the words "deadbeat dad" are getting all too common in society today. Why are those dads to be honored because they made babies, but the men who are raising their children are not technically fathers?
Today I am reminded of several types of fathers. I have a friend that is a father, but not allowed to see his children for father's day because his ex is mad at him. Yet he's a father, why does he not deserve to be honored. My boyfriend David has no biological children, yet for the past 5 months, he has provided for my children in ways their own father has not. He loves my children as if they were his own and I believe that the more love a child gets, the better they can be as adults. David sacrificed living on an income only having to support one to trying to support FOUR. He is constantly wanting to do better. He nurtures them and cares for them and in return they love and adore him. Is he their father? Not biologically. Is he a father? YES.
So on this day I think we should honor FATHERS. Men who do right by their children and men who do right by the children in their lives. It is easy to become a father, but it is much harder to BE a father- and those that are willing to try are to be commended!
And I'd also like to honor my own father. He was the kind of dad that changed diapers, bathed us, tucked us in at night, prepared dinner every night AFTER working all day. When I had my tonsils out, my dad was there. When I broke my first bone, my dad was there. When I got my first stitches my dad was there. When I was giving birth to my first child, both my parents were there, but it was my dad who paced with worry hearing me screaming down the hall. He has been a phenomenal grandparent to my children and it is clear that he adores them. Although we have views that are about as opposite as they may come, I think my dad raised me to take pride in what I do, work hard and become someone that others can admire. He has also shown me that you can accomplish any goal at any age. And then there's all the money he's loaned me that I have and haven't paid back. Thank you, dad! I love you.