You're Awesome, Dad
It matters not that Time has shed
His thawless snow upon your head,
For he maintains, with wondrous art,
Perpetual summer in your heart.
- William Hamilton Hayne, 'To My Father'
Father's Day is near. While the occasion typically doesn't call for the sort of homage expected on Mother's Day (flowers, cards, and all), paying tribute to your dad on this day is a great way to show how much you appreciate having him in your life.
It's true that any man can become a father, but it takes someone awesome to become a Dad. There are certain traits attributed to being the latter. One of them is that he's a good disciplinarian. An awesome father knows which effective words to use to reprimand his child when a misdeed happens. He will never use hurtful words, or worse, his fists, to drive home the point that certain things can be improved regarding his children.
An awesome dad allows his kids some room for error. He will be there to counsel, console, and cuddle whenever needed, but he will refrain from being overprotective. From taking the first tentative toddler steps when learning to walk to making the occasional lapses in judgment as an adolescent, a great father knows his kids need to make mistakes to be able to learn something valuable and to become stronger.
An awesome dad will not insist that his children become his mirror images. While he may have done phenomenal things in his own life, he will gladly accept that his kids might not to follow the path he took and choose on their own, instead. And when this happens, he will take pride in every small accomplishment and every feat hurdled by his kids, because he is awesome that way.
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