Father’s Day 2014

06-15-14 fathers_dayToday is a day to celebrate Dad. What makes a “Dad?” A Dad is there for you, he is the one man in your life that you can always count on to be there. He loves you unconditionally. He might not always like or agree with what you do, but regardless, he loves you and he supports you. A Dad is there to be a good example of what a man should be, how a man should behave, he is a mentor to his children and family. The concept of “Dad” has changed over the years. Many years ago, the Dad went off to work every day, while the Mom stayed home to care for the children and home. These days, some Dads are the ones who stay home, while Mom has the full time job.

A Dad wears many hats, he is the supporter, the caretaker, he is the man who makes you laugh, he is funny, he is strong. Dad never hesitates to tell you how much he loves you or how proud he is of you. Dad is always your biggest cheerleader, who while pushing you to be the best that you can be, he makes you feel safe while doing it, because you know that Dad has your back. Dad helps you to see that you can be anything that you want to be!

There are many Dads who cannot be with their families on this Fathers Day, because they are across the globe protecting our country and all of the other families, they are making a great sacrifice with their service. Some have given their lives, for those who make it home, the reunion is enough to bring tears of happiness to your heart.

“Any man can be a father but it takes a special man to be a dad”. So to all of the wonderful Dads out there, I wish you Happy Father’s Day!! This includes the wonderful Step-Fathers, the father figures and every man who makes a positive difference in the life of a child.

Cherish your Dad, and love him. A “Dad” is different than someone who is a father. I had a father, I don’t have a Dad. My Dad disappeared when I was 16 years old when my parents separated. He went off to a new life, to a new marriage and to raise a new family. There were so many times in my life that I could have used a Dad in my life, to support me, to protect me. Instead I had a stepfather, who was cruel, abusive and a molester.  The lack of a Dad in my life had a great effect on me, it made me always search for love and acceptance from men and I never found it, until I had made many, many bad choices in men.

I am VERY blessed however, to have found an incredible man to absolutely does love me and cherishes me. And, he has 2 daughters, who are very, very lucky to have a man like him to call “Dad.” ~Robbyn Ackner