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Turning Into Dad – Fathers Day 2006

Since this site is an equal opportunity poster, I figured that I had to do something to match the I.O.U. Mother’s Day post I did a few weeks ago. Here’s hoping that this one can provide what the other one was able to say to the mom’s and wives out there. Dad’s….this one’s for you.

I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but when I think about growing up, I think we all probably thought that being a dad couldn’t be all that hard. I mean it’s just a matter of going to work, making enough to cover the bills and have a little left over for the other essentials in life. Boy was I wrong. Our calling is one that is much larger than the 9 to 5 and much greater than the check that comes every other week. Especially for those of us with little boys.

Ours is the role of mentor, protector, spiritual leader, comedian, confidence builder, architect, contractor, mechanic, super hero, sumo wrestler and at the end of the day, story teller. One thing that every father should receive with a new born is a hat rack with several hooks. It’s a job that requires much, but rewards even more. The toothless grin of a 6 year old when he gets his first hit, catches his first pop fly or conquers his first fence. The twinkle in the eye of your “princess” as the King lifts her up. Most importantly, to hear the words “God bless mommy and daddy” at the end of the night.

Wayne Watson put together a heartfelt tribute to his father in a song called “Turning into Dad”. The message is clear in the chorus “of all the things that I could still become, I could do a whole lot worse than turning into dad”. Happy father’s day to my dad, my brothers and friends.

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