Monday, June 14, 2010
Father’s Day Is Around The Corner!
Now that Father’s Day is around the corner, I plan to write more about fathers. That’s right the guys are taking over! (Ok, not really. Maybe for a week or so.)
My 4-year-old, Abby, is in full swing. Just the other day, Abby was singing at the top of her lungs “I love my husband!”
Her 3-year-old friend, Margaret, turned to her and said, “You don’t have a husband.”
Abby replied, “Oh yes I do. My dad is our husband.”
I told Doug later that evening, and he replied, “At least I’m somebody’s hero.”
I almost corrected Abby and told her, “He’s my husband, not yours!” But I didn’t have the heart. These days, many children don’t have a father at home. According to Families and Living Arrangements, there were 12.9 million single parent families in 2006- 10.4 million single mother families and 2.5 single father families. I guess I wasn’t surprised about the single mothers. But I frankly didn’t realize there were so many single fathers. If the US Census Bureau is right, single fathers represent one out of six single-parent homes.
I can’t imagine the pressures of raising a child alone. I realize that Father’s Day isn’t a day of celebration for everyone. For some, it can be a painful reminder. For others, a memory of a loss. Or maybe it’s just another day.
For me, Father’s Day is a day of honor and celebration. (I’ll be sharing some lessons from my own father later this week.)
Today, I’m just thankful that Abby has both a mother and a “husband” who love her very much.
What does Father’s Day mean to you?