Celebration with Reservations

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Ok so this last Sunday was Fathers’ Day. First, I would like to say a big shout out to all fathers keeping it real. The hustle, like any other, is real and only those who are called can truly appreciate what it takes to be a father. It’s usually a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.

Unlike Fathers’ Day, I think Mothers’ Day is more honored. Well, not because it’s a public display of festivities but it’s just really in your face days before and after. When asked if Mothers’ Day is more respected than Fathers’ Day, an American said,

“I can give you an interesting fact about Fathers’ Day and not sure if it’s ever been brought up. Mother’s Day became a tradition in wildfire speed, basically it went from an idea to reality in a second. However, Fathers’ Day was met with resistance because at the time Fathers’ Day was suggested there were no women in the sit of power and influence in the state. So the men were afraid to do something that would be seen as a self-congratulatory. As far as it being less respected, I do feel it is so much so that all the TV shows do specials and the sitcoms to reference Mothers’ Day.

Really, one of the beauties of Mothers’ Day is that everyone has something nice to say about their Mom, I mean, from the videos to the messages to the many heartwarming memories you just know you are thankful for by just having a mother to guide you through. Fathers’ Day isn’t as glamorously celebrated. However, this year’s Fathers’ Day seem to come with a little more or should I say less as expected.

I saw a picture message on Instagram on Sunday asking people to drop comments to describe their fathers. I was shocked at the alarming number of insulting comments and curses by people to their Dads. Like seriously? “He-goat”, “Bastard”, “What does that even mean?”, “There’s no such word in my dictionary”. And I wondered, how does a father, who is supposed to be the epitome of honor and pride in the family become such object of ridicule and hate?

I was going to write something on that but I changed my mind, not until I listened in on a radio show today and the topic of the high rate of fathers being irresponsible and not worth celebrating came up again. It was mentioned on the radio program that there would probably be about 40% of fathers who are still in the business of being good fathers. So I wondered, what makes a father a good and respectable one?

 

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