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Honoring our patriarchs

Published 7:44pm Saturday, June 14, 2014

Father’s Day, held the third Sunday of June each year, is a day allotted to celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in our society. Originally, Father’s Day was created to complement Mother’s Day.

There are many different interpretations and celebrations of the internationally known day for fathers, and like other celebrated days, it is used by the business world to get people to buy that special gift for their fathers. But why do we really celebrate this day?

Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contributions your father has made in your life. It is a way for people to honor their fathers and show appreciation for the sacrifices and duties fathers maintain each day.

However, isn’t everyday Father’s Day? On a daily basis, fathers go to work to support their families, putting dinner on the table each night and a roof over his family’s heads. Fathers drive their kids to practices and recitals; take them to ball games and amusement parks; teaches them to ride a bike; how to throw and catch a baseball.

Dads play a huge role in the upbringing of their sons and daughters. Whether it’s helping their children with homework, letting their daughter walk out the door with her first prom date, teaching their son or daughter how to drive for the first time and buying them their first vehicle.

Father’s Day should be about rising above the day-to-day drudgery and stress of raising children, to gain some perspective on the splendor of it all. Dads teach us how to fix things and how to rise above in the trials of life.

Most tell their fathers that he is the best dad in the entire world. This may or may not be true, but fathers never stop trying to reach that end.

This Father’s Day, make sure to tell a dad that his efforts, dedication, sacrifice and love is appreciated year-round.

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