With the approach of Father’s Day I’ve felt some self-imposed pressure to produce the quintessential dad blog entry for the MomsCharlotte site.
First, I thought that maybe I’d produce a hilarious piece on all of my trials and tribulations since last Father’s Day. But that didn’t quite feel right.
Then, I thought that I could maybe write a little about a day in the life of a stay at home dad. But, frankly, it’s not all that different from the life of a stay at home mom. Also, I don’t believe the role of SAHD lends one to being any closer to the “quintessential dad” than the role of working father does. I didn’t want to unintentionally come across with a deluded sense of self-importance.
So, with that option out, I scoured my inbox as I’m frequently receiving cool articles about fatherhood from various friends and family. While I had some cool stuff there, none really seemed quite ready to sprout into a terrific entry for you here. And, let’s face it, this week you can go to pretty much any media source and hear about how important the role of fatherhood is.
Finally, I looked out at the various SAHD and dad blogs/forums. They were remarkably quiet considering that this is the week leading up to Father’s Day.
And that, in and of itself, is kinda cool. While the stories about dads’ sacrifices and triumphs are great and necessary, it’s really the seemingly unremarkable men who don’t have amazing stories or newsworthy daily struggles that play a large and invaluable part in most of our families.
So, Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads, grandfathers, uncles, clergy, volunteers, and anyone else who is out there doing what they can for their families, children and community. Many of us don’t receive medals for our daily work, but those of us making sacrifices for the children in our lives and community should accept a pat on the back and the wish for a happy day.