On Fathers Day 2009

Father’s Day is a day honoring fathers, celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 52 of the world’s countries and on other days elsewhere.. Father’s Day is a celebration inaugurated in the early twentieth century to complement Mother’s Day in celebrating fatherhood and male parenting, and to honor and commemorate fathers and forefathers. Father’s Day is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide and typically involves gift-giving, special dinners to fathers, and family-oriented activities.

The family is a training ground for all future relationships. My Mother always told me…“Learn how to get along with your father and brother, and you’ll know how to get along with your husband”. I never fully understood her message until years later when I got married and set up housekeeping with my husband. It was then that I learned about compromise, commitment and consideration.

Fathers play an essential role in their daughter’s lives. Many things are learned and many things are taught. Some of the most meaningful moments in a daughter’s life are spent with her father. Dedicated to My father, who always is my support and strength. Whatever I am today is because of him. He has made me bold and taught me to survive in this materialistic world through his advice and guidance. I love you Dad.  You are my inspiration.

Fathers are wonderful people

Too little understood,

And we do not sing their praises

As often as we should…

For, somehow, Father seems to be

The man who pays the bills,

While Mother binds up little hurts

And nurses all our ills…

And Father struggles daily

To live up to “HIS IMAGE”

As protector and provider

And “hero or the scrimmage”…

And perhaps that is the reason

We sometimes get the notion,

That Fathers are not subject

To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad’s heart,

Where no one else can see

You’ll find he’s sentimental

And as “soft” as he can be…

But he’s so busy every day

In the grueling race of life,

He leaves the sentimental stuff

To his partner and his wife…

But Fathers are just WONDERFUL

In a million different ways,

And they merit loving compliments

And accolade of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires

To fortune and success

Is to make the family proud of him

And to bring them happiness…


He’s a guardian and a guide,

Someone that we can count on


~Helen Steiner Rice~


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