Saturday, June 20, 2009

Father's Day

Last month a friend of mine gave me a Happy Mother's Day shout out on Twitter (thanks Gretchen). I think she did so because during the last several months I had assumed so many of a mom's traditional responsibilities. Admittedly there were Mother's Days when I did feel like I deserved a card or a present.

Today on Father's Day I am thinking of a handful of moms I know who have assumed the responsibilities typically associated with fatherhood. In some instances I know their children only by name and what their moms tell me about them...and in others I know what their favorite shoes are, the names of their best friends, and what they like for dinner. These kids are lucky to have moms who cut the grass, pay the mortgage, play Lego's and ball with them, and patiently walk behind them as they rumble along in their Big Wheels. Their moms play video games, make sure the heat stays on, teach them baseball, watch the same movies over and over again, and are on duty 24 hours a day. As for their dads'....all have to say there is more to fatherhood than siring a child, writing a check, or sitting on the couch while their kids spend weekend after weekend in front of the TV.

So...I want to wish a Happy Father's Day to all of the women who visit this space who have stepped in and assumed the role of both mom and dad. You have my admiration, affection, and respect.


  1. Happy Fathers Day Tom! I hope you had a great day and get a chance to rest a deserve it!!

  2. Happy Father's Day to you! I can see that you are a very busy and dedicated dad.