Our View: A 'thanks' to dads
Today is not a day for parades or other fanfare, but it is a special day nonetheless.
Today is a day marked to celebrate dads across America.
Granted, today will be filled with barbecues, baseball and gifts for dads that range from homemade drawings and cards to ties that dad may never wear but relish forever.
It's a day for us to remember that person who comes home after a long day at work only to be faced with requests and questions ranging from cash to rides to insert place here or playing a game of catch in the front yard and tried to take all of those requests in order, responding to each of them with the same importance and care as the other.
It's a day to remember that person who has been there to help their children face the ever-approaching realm of adulthood and who tried to teach the lessons of being responsible as well as knowing right from wrong.
It's a day to remember that person who listens with a careful ear to each issue that comes before them.
It's a day to remember that person who helped you with your homework even if it meant wading into situations that may be beyond their scope of knowledge.
It is a day to remember dad.
Sometimes we take dad for granted.
Sometimes we forget all that dad does for us when we are children.
We forget that dad was there for us to help us through the tough times. We forget that his sometimes stern lessons of life were in our best interest.
We forget that dad was there for us when we faced our first romantic let-down and comforted us in our time of need.
Amid all of the times we argued with our dads over the decisions they made regarding us over our childhood were for us — not for his interest but for the interest of us alone.
Being a dad is a full-time job.
There are some that disregard that job and fail to live up to their responsibilities.
But, those dads that do take the job of being a father seriously deserve recognition.
They deserve our love and thanks for being there for us and assisting us through the paths of our lives.
Remember that you can never know how important dad is to you until after he seems no longer needed.
But, he was there through the good times and the bad and never blinked at those times that seemed the most daunting.
For that, we wish to say to all dads, Happy Father's Day.
By Matthew Clark, for the Editorial Board
The Daily Courier Editorial Board consists of community members Jerry Brewer, Kyle Bingham, Tom Padgett, Dr. Shermaine Surratt and Cliff Strassenburg as well as Editor Matthew Clark