10. Happy Father’s Day (Sunday, June 17, 2018) – Story #10: A Tribute To Fathers

by Patrick Liew on August 27, 2018

10. Happy Father’s Day (Sunday, June 17, 2018) – Story #10: A Tribute To Fathers

I’m writing this tribute to all wonderful fathers and grandfathers.

They put in so much hard work to raise their children and grandchildren.

They are some of the unsung heroes in life.

We owe to them a lifetime of gratitude and appreciation for their sacrifices and contributions.

Without them, we cannot be alive.

Beyond protecting us, they show us how to live while we were young and at an important stage in our lives.

We will never know and understand what they have to go through to raise us and help us throughout our lives.

Every good father awaits excitedly the coming of his child.

He plans to be a good provider and has nothing but the best wishes for his offspring.

As a relatively untrained father, there were many concerns running through his mind.

In the process of bringing up the children, he has to go through many heart-wrenching moments.

Many of these experiences might bring him to the lowest points in life.

If fathers were to record all the misdeeds of their children, they will have a lot of pain and sorrow to share with their children.

Recall countless of times when their hearts were broken because of their children.

Carry these wounds and not share them with anybody.

And they may not even show their anguish and anxieties.

Many of them were taught to be “machismo,” to put up a false front of strength and courage.

They wouldn’t openly express their feelings and emotions, especially the negative ones.

That may be one of the reasons why men have generally a shorter lifespan than women.

Fathers will never take children’s disappointments at heart.

They are created to love and designed to give their best to their children.

They will never complain about sharing their incomes and resources to bring up their children.

They know children are their flesh and blood, and they are emotionally bonded to them throughout their lifetimes.

Yes, fathers are not perfect but every father will tell you he did not set out to fail.

Every father wants to be a good father.

In his heart of hearts, he wants to teach his children well and set a good example for them.

His desire is to raise the children so that they can be much better than him.

He hopes that his children can live a better life, a life that is probably beyond his reach and which exists only in his dream.

The sad truth is, there are no schools or academic curriculum dedicated to teaching him how to be a father – not just on how to do a good job but also how to improve his fathering skills.

Sadder still, along the way, he made mistakes and his children might have to suffer for some of them.

By the time, he knew how to correct the mistakes, the children might have grown up.

Children can only fully understand a father’s challenge when they become parents.

They will then realize how difficult it is to be a parent and to give of themselves in discharging their responsibilities.

That’s why we need to forgive our fathers.

We should never hold any grudge, resentment or worst, hatred against them.

We, too, are imperfect and will need others to forgive us too.

Look at the good side of our fathers and catch them doing good.

And be grateful and appreciative of every single good deed that our fathers have accomplished for us.

We owe it to our father to make every single day, a safe, secure and happy one for him.

We need to honor him, respect him, and love and care for him to the best of our abilities.

Truth be told, we can never love our fathers enough. We can never repay them for all that they have done for us.

We can never do enough for them.

Perhaps, the best way to love them is to be the best parents to our children and children’s children.

The cycle of love, kindness and compassion will then improve and continue.

I pray that you will have a wonderful Father’s Day.

In fact, every day should be a Father’s Day.


I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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