The sun sets on another day...
Perhaps I should say the sun sets on another year. First, I have to say Happy Fathers Day to all of those fathers happy enough to feel happy on this day. Think about it, it will make sense. If you are happy you are a father, you have done well with your son or daughter.
Personally, I am very happy to be a father. My children are happy and successful, each in their own way. Some have traits I can say "Wow, that's like me" and some are a bit different marching to the "beat of their own drum". That's OK.
I often think about my father who has now been gone 16 years. As I do I am happy and impressed with the time I had, and saddened by all the time I did not have with him. Each of us may have our own story, but I looked up to my dad up to the day he died, and his death was not expected. Perhaps it was due to cancer that he had fought and overcome, or perhaps to a dozen other things, but in the end he left behind big shoes to fill each day, and a legacy for me to follow as much as possible.
If your father is alive, take a moment and cherish the good moments you have had with him and those that you can still have with him. Make the time as much as you can to show him his importance in your life. Find a path and a moment and a series of moments to show him his importance. If you are a father, make sure your son has someone to look up to each day. No, you can't be perfect, but you can be that parent that listens, that hears, and that finds a way to help. Give the biggest gift of all, time.
As I sit here today patiently paying attention to the past I set aside almost every day I ponder for just a moment, I know that one more day with my dad would be amazing, a week even more, and sometimes I would settle for an hour. In the end, it is something I can never have, but something that I always have as long as I hold on to his memory.
So as the sun sets on another day, sorry for the somber post. Fathers and Mothers alike need to be honored, cherished, and loved each and every day. Make the effort be the son or daughter that makes your father proud and if you you are a father, make a difference in your child's life, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love life, and happy fathers day...