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The most important thing that a father can do for his children, is to love their mother. And this is how 'Fatherhood' becomes a beautiful journey. We hear so much about mother's and motherhood, everything that's associated with mothers. We don't hype but must admit that they are the most talked about species if I may put it this way :D And when I think of a father, I start to ponder what is fatherhood about who is a father, what makes a father a father.
Specially in Indian society, a father is known to be the head of the family and also the bread earner. They are known to protect and secure their family, settle children. He is always associated with nurturing the home while the mother is known to nourish and nurture, both. Such is the nature of humanity. While today is celebrated as the Father's Day, I think of days when we must not celebrate this day? Why is there only this day to celebrate? Just like mothers, fathers too deserve to be celebrated every moment and every day of the year. We need to respect and acknowledge their worth everyday too. Fathers are they who silently watch the home grow, they silently work without much a do about their efforts and number of hours they put in to give the best of the world's to their family. They balance both work and holidaying (family time) so well. So what if they are not able to look after the children as mothers do. Not that they aren't meant to look after, but it would be like saying why can't fathers give birth? Is this what it means? Not really....
While many may not know or this might be less spoken, but there are fathers who are stay at homes as well and fathers who are being single parents too. While we may also wonder how we can define a father. Well, just like the unconditional love a mother is know for, it's the same for the father. The only difference being, fathers don't talk much or show about how much they care or love each time.
For a child, Father’s day isn’t really about giving Dad a gift. It is about recognizing the gift of caring that fathers express when they help put food on the table, teach their child to ride a bike, cheer at a basketball game, smile at a graduation, give their daughter’s hand in marriage, giggle with a grandchild, and most importantly, act as a channel for God’s love to flow through them into the lives of their children. And for a father, Father’s day isn’t so much about taking the accolades of a job well done (even though they may be well deserved!), but about giving thanks for the opportunity to give. And remember, the greatest gift that we give our children is the actual expression of our love. It isn’t enough to feel love for them inside ourselves: we need to express that love. Take a moment each day to celebrate fatherhood.
Finally, I believe that father is not only the one who biologically becomes the owner of his children, but he can also be a friend, a brother, a loved one, a husband who cares and loves like a father, a sister who behaves and protects like a father, even a mother who's playing the responsibility of a father. Through this article, I would like to express and share my love to my husband for being the best dad that he is to our daughter. For giving her all the freedom in the world, to raise her not just as a daughter but as a son and as a human first. And I'm sure as time will grow, he will only grow much better than each day. He has been playing the roles of a husband and father so well and without much show. Journey with him, watching him as a father is the best thing of my life :) Kudos to that!
"Let’s praise God for placing honorable men in our paths." Happy Father's Day! May you be blessed with abundance of love everyday..... Cheers.