Anyone who tells you Fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.
- Mike Meyers
Fatherhood is both a noun and a verb. It defines a role but also describes actions associated with that role. As I think about my own father, I recognize and have come to appreciate what he gave, how he expressed his fatherly love. It was through his authenticity, strength of convictions, unwavering dedication to his wife and family and unending sacrifices. He didn't say a lot but when he did, it was meaningful. As all great leaders, he chose to use his actions rather than words to get a point across - he led by example.
Every Sunday after we attended church he would rally the family, my mother and all six children, into our Volkswagen van telling us, 'we will not only learn how to live together, we will learn how to have fun together' and off we went to some interesting and exciting destination. We did not have financial wealth but he made sure we had what was most important, spending time as a family, using road trips throughout Northern California, showing us places we still cherish, taking time to learn about our surroundings and having time to explore.
In my own family, I remember vividly when our young son was involved in baseball. Every evening, he patiently waited until dad came home. As soon as he heard his car, he would run to the door and shout out, "Let's play some catch." Later that time became motorcycle road trips together.
My wish is that you take this opportunity, follow my father's lead and give the most important gift you can - the gift of timeand attention. This Father's Day, tell Dad he is special. Disconnect from television, computers and social media, from what you think is so important and call your father - laugh and share some stories. If you can, go somewhere, do something together, a sports event, take a road trip or a hike - play some catch. Take time away together to connect and play. As Margaret Mead said: "It is only when you grow up and step back from him - or leave him for your own home - it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it". Let your father or a person who represented for you the 'greatness' of a father, know you fully appreciate him.