The figure of a father seems to be omnipresent in most media and tales: From religious figures like Zeus (father to over half the demigods in the Greek pantheon), folklore figures like Saint Nicholas, it’s no wonder we place such importance on the role of a father. Though other countries celebrate it on different days depending on their significance -Argentina for example, themes it after Jose De San Martin– this celebration continues to be one of familial union and remembrance across the world.
Being a father takes more than simply bringing a child to the world. Father’s Day honors those who embrace the role of a paternal figure, those who step up to protect, mentor, and guide their children and family in a lifetime commitment where weathering difficult days often yields no other reward than the safety and well-being of your loved ones. It is perhaps this kind of fortitude tempered with kindness which defines the image of a father we all hold deep within our hearts.
Of course, fathers come in all shapes and sizes. There are the ones who seem to be ever present in all moments of our life, then there’s the kind that only appear when the situation requires it. There’s affectionate, stoic, loud, quiet, sporty and intellectual fathers. After all, it’s a role that comes with life and not something you are born as!
For every father everywhere, this day is meant to spend quality time with your family and friends in honor of your efforts. Have a wonderful time!