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He has the strength of a mountain and the majesty of a tree. He has the warmth of the sun and the calmness of a sea. He has a patience that runs deep. He gives you life, nurtures you, teaches you, disciplines you and guides you. He holds your hand at the fair, and with his presence makes you believe that the world is yours. He pretends to be rough on the outside, but caress your hair when you are sick. He pampers you in your mother’s absence; he walks you down the aisle and assures you everything is fine. He is a Father. To put in Wordsworth words,” Father! — To God himself we cannot give a holier name.”
A child is not born alone. With the birth of a child comes the birth of a set of parents. While a woman grows into a mother, a man grows into a father in the gradual process over a period of nine months. They say,” In the baby lies the future of the world.” If a mother holds her child close to let him know the world, the father takes him atop a hill so that he can see what his world is like. Parents complement each other; their love complements each other. Together they weave a tapestry of knitted emotions and intellectual harmony that helps the family sail through the rough storms and over the dark clouds.
A father is the cornerstone of the family, providing nourishment and shelter, ensuring its comfort even at the cost of his own necessity. His protection is the most important amenity of a child. It is a father who dreams and sets goals for himself and his family. He teaches his kids, and subtly guides them through the journey of life by setting good examples. He lets them fall; pick them up, and inspires them to try again till they succeed. He reposes his faith and belief in his kids, which urges them to move forward in life, take risks and eventually flourish. He is always ready to provide a first-hand experience on various stuff based out of his wisdom, he acquires over the years. He plays the multiple role of being a guide, a friend, a teacher with élan without revealing that he is himself learning and evolving in the process.
He makes innumerable sacrifices for his children, but the greatest and the most difficult of all is letting go. Letting go the very child, he raised so tenderly, just so he learns to fly on his own. It’s the most painful sacrifice he makes, but he finds his contentment in beholding his prodigy spread wings and fly towards the horizon with the sun at his back. Despite the innumerable sacrifices and a life full of responsibilities, his’ is the thankless position in the family- the very family which he views as his greatest achievement. He is, ironically, “the provider for all, and the enemy of all.”
Let’s take this day to thank our dear fathers for their countless gifts of love and affection. Take some time to let them know how much you love them, adore them — not just today, but every day.