Open Mike

Happy Father's Day to all

This Sunday marks that special day when men of the world unite in a common bond. But not just any ordinary man can celebrate this day. It takes a special kind of man for this particular job-a father. Yes, dads, this is the day the world stops to recognize us for the many years of undaunted service we are putting forth.

Being a dad is sort of like working your way to an early grave, but having fun along the way. You know what I am talking about dads, the stress of our jobs can sometimes be unbearable.

A lot of men think that being a dad makes you a man automatically. But believe me, it doesn't. I know plenty of dads who have the maturity of a 2-year-old, thinking that they don't have to do anything for their families.

But, I hold the role of dad as a step beyond being a man. It is like reaching a higher level. Ordinary men don't realize the Superman-type effort a father has to put forth every day. And that is just to make our wives happy.

There is no book, manual or cliff notes that can prepare you for being a dad. Being a father of two, I can tell you first-hand that being a dad is like nothing you have ever experienced before. I have done some incredible things in my life, but none top being a father. Dads tell me if you will ever forget the moment any of your children were born, in particular your first? I have always found it amazing how we can love those little creatures that are born without even really knowing them.

But, dads remember the stress of the first kid. Man, Wendy and I were dirt poor when we had Tyler, our oldest. But somehow you make it through. Then you start to realize that having two kids is just as easy as having one.

I was an only child, so the world of siblings is something knew to me. Some of the most memorable times I have had has a dad is serving as referee when Tyler and Ethan have decided to brutalize one another. But the fascinating part is how they will join forces at the drop of a hat, particularly when it comes to siding with mom.

My kids are growing up quickly and many fathers better than I tell me the adventure is only beginning. It is an adventure that I can hardly wait to unfold because it will be those times that make being a father worthwhile.

So, this Sunday may those in the prestigious Father's Club, you know who you are, enjoy your day. It is a day most all of us rightfully deserve.



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