"Your potential for greatness is greater than you think."
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The day of the father is soon approaching. It is a day we honor the father or fathers in our lives. But what are fathers? To be a biological father is easy, but to be a real father is not. One takes a moment to create, the other takes a lifetime.
A real father represents the best in all of us – strong, reliable, trustworthy, supportive, disciplined, loving, and selfless.
Within every man is the capacity to be a great father. A man may shine as a great husband, but his true greatness is revealed when he becomes a father. Selflessness knows no bounds when it comes to real fatherhood.
The men in my life have all been great fathers. My own father was strong, reliable, stable, and supportive beyond anyone’s definition. He spent endless hours on a tennis court hitting balls to me so that I could learn a game that has been part of my life for 60 years. He spent energy and money driving me hundreds of miles for tennis lessons and to tennis tournaments throughout my young years. And he took the time to celebrate my victories. Then he wisely counseled me when it was time to put games away and focus on a career off of a tennis court. He was a wonderful father. I always felt supported.
My brother was also a great father. He was equally supportive of his kids as his father was to him. Morally and financially he was there for them; then boosted them out of the nest at just the right time. All fly successively on their own now.
My husband, through the example of his father, has been a wonderful father to his sons, four in all. The youngest of these, our son, has reaped the benefits of his having raised three boys previously. On this son, even more love was heaped and added to the supportive qualities he demonstrated. Now this son flies on his own, but keeps an eye on his aging father.
We know ours son will be a wonderful father as well. He is getting good practice caring for his two dogs.
Fathers – we love ‘em and can’t do without them. They have everything we need to lean on, but help us stand on our own.
“Life is wonderful! Don’t forget it.”
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