I want to remind everyone, as I do each year at this time, to remember your dad on Father's Day. Father's Day is always the third Sunday in June. In reality we should honor our dads every day of the year and add a little extra on Father's Day.
I know I have written it all before, but again, I want to say fathers are special people.
Little did I know my dad and I would share our last Father's Day together in June of 2005. He passed away in July that year. I still miss him every day but I cherish the memory of our last Father's Day together which started with a church breakfast.
My dad was our fixer. He could fix anything. He took care of everything from our vehicles or our water leaks. Whatever we needed we just had to give him a call and he was there with the right tools in hand.
He was a working man. During my younger years he had a full service gas station in Aurora, Ill. During the summer months when I was out of school I would get to go to work with him occasionally. He would let me fill up the pop machine, give out free gifts to the customers when they filled up and remind me often to stay off the front lot where the cars were coming in and out.
During my teenage years he usually had two jobs. He would have a full time job on a night shift and work on the farm in the day time.
Even though he was busy, he took time to teach me many things including riding a bicylce, water skiing, roller skating, and driving a car and tractor. Sometimes, especially during my teenage years, he had to teach me how to shut my mouth. That was never a pleasant lesson.
The role of dads has come a long way through the years. At one time dads went to work and moms stayed home taking care of the house and the children. In most homes today mothers and fathers both work outside of the home and both take on the responsibilities of the household chores and the care of the children.
We also have single parent homes where one parent has to take on all of the responsibilities. I have an admiration for those who take on the challenge and do well.
I am about to show my age but does anyone remember watching Father Knows Best? It was a television series from 1954 to 1960. Father, Jim Anderson (played by Robert Young), could solve all of the problems of his three children, Betty, Bud and Kathy. Then we had Leave It to Beaver from 1957-1963. Dad, Ward Cleaver (played by Hugh Beaumont), had all of the answers for his two sons, "Walley and the Beave." Those TV fathers never raised their voices to get their point across and they always came home from work in a good mood.
Even then, it was not quite reality but it was good, wholesome entertainment. I am sure those shows would really seem odd to the children of today. Our parents never had to worry about us hearing bad language when we were watching any of the available three black and white channels of the day.
Again, I want to say if your dad is still living, make it a point to visit him or at least call on Sunday and wish him a happy Father's Day. Fathers, like mothers, do not have to have a big gift to make their day. It really is the thought that counts.
Happy Fathers Day to all of the fathers and grandfathers -- you deserve your own day to do what you want to do.