Volz: Honor fathers, biological and not

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. This is the day for our fathers to be honored.

One of the 10 Commandments says that we should honor our father and our mother. But even if it were not a religious mandate, we would honor our fathers because we love and appreciate them.

Though today is Father’s Day, we honor others in our lives who have had a fatherly influence on us, including grandfathers, uncles, older brothers, fathers of our friends, teachers, coaches, etc.

In this time, there are many girls and boys across the country who must go through their lives without a father or a father figure.

Some children have had fathers who have died while other children have fathers who do not live at their residence because of divorce or some other reason.

During tough economic times, many fathers hold down more than one job just to make ends meet. These men do not have the time to spend with their children.

For many reasons, some kids have to rely on other men to step forward to fill their fatherly needs.

Much of the time, the men who support these youngsters are not even aware they are doing it.

They make these kids feel good about themselves simply by giving them encouragement during a ball game, by listening to a child’s problem or through their good example as a role model.

My Own Dad

This month marks the five-year anniversary of my dad’s death.

He and I were not on the best of terms for many, many years and we never really reconciled our relationship right up to the time of his death.

I regret not finding a way to reconcile because, despite our differences, he was my dad.

When I was growing up, my dad was not around much of the time because of his job that kept him away from home.

Though he provided much for my mom and my siblings, it would have been nice to have had him around a little more.

As I learned later in my life, we dads sometimes get caught up in our day to day responsibilities.

The good news for me is that I had a lot of people who served as surrogates.

My father’s father was always around. I learned much from him.

There were others, including uncles and my best friend’s dad, who gave me fatherly attention and impacted my life greatly.

Later in life, I had a great father-in-law. Like my father, most of my surrogate dads have died, but I think of them often. I honor them all today.

Thanks, Dads!

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