What theme in your life celebrates your relationship with your Father or male parenting figure?

       My parents and I lived in a small attached house in Pittsburgh, Pa.  Dad was Mr. Fixit and I was his willing and able helper. When I was six years old, the basement was flooded after a rain storm. I helped the clean up by watching him from the top of the steps leading down to the basement. Staying safe and out of the way, was the goal, but Dad called it helping him. 

During many helping times together, we talked about the weather, school work, buying a new car, visiting with family, and always participated in a session of my asking questions and Dad at least trying to answer them.

As I matured to attend Elementary School and Jr. High School, and onward, my questions of “why does the sky have to be blue?” became questions of what? where? when? and how?  There were times when I could feel his frustrations and uneasiness over questions that were getting more difficult to answer.  Dad told the truth that he did not know the answer, but would find out for me. If only we had computers in those days!

Even today I ask those hard questions with an unending thirst for answers. I recognize the apprehension and see the discomfort from people who do not know the answers to my relevant questions. Sadly, most of them disconnect from my quest for solutions to problems and are unwilling to find out for me/us.  I’m grateful for having a Dad who was willing to go the extra mile to care about my questions and about me.  No inquiry is silly, unnecessary, frivolous or extreme, to the person who asks the question.

What theme in your life celebrates your relationship

with your Father or male parenting figure?

Father’s Day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting.  In 1966, President Lyndon B Johnson made Father’s Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday of June.  The holiday was not officially recognized until 1972, during the presidency of Richard Nixon.  In addition to Father’s Day, International Men’s Day is celebrated in many countries on November 19th for men who are fathers.

Retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting greeting cards, men’s neckties and traditionally male-oriented gifts such as electronics and tools.  It’s a definite boost to sales!

                    Happy Fathers Day June 17, 2012

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