What makes a man a dad?

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 19, 2010

Tomorrow is a special day for many of you out there, a time to be honored by your children.

It’s Father’s Day, of course, and I’m hoping by now I’ve found a gift.

My dad is really hard to buy for. Like most of us these days, if he wants it, he goes out and gets it. So when it comes time for me to buy him something, I’m usually stumped.

I’ve spent some time surfing the web for ideas. Gadgets and electronics are big sellers, according to my findings, but the gadgets he’d be interested in he already has. And the others, well, he likely couldn’t — and wouldn’t — operate.

My daughter will probably draw him a picture. It can hang next to the one she made for my mom on her day last month.

Oh well, I’m sure my dad will be pleased whatever the gift. He loves us, no matter what.

My dad has always been a huge part of my life. He has always been there for me, always provided for me, always supported me.

He may not have liked all the decisions I’ve made, but he’s never loved me any less when I made them.

When I was young he spent countless hours teaching me and playing with me. When I was in school he was always involved, always there to support me in any activity I participated in. And as the years have gone by, his love and support have never wavered.

Now he is doing it all over again with my daughter.

We are very lucky girls, indeed.

I found the following poem recently, and I want to share it with all you dads out there.

What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,

The majesty of a tree,

The warmth of a summer sun,

The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,

The comforting arm of night,

The wisdom of the ages,

The power of the eagle’s flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,

The faith of a mustard seed,

The patience of eternity,

The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,

When there was nothing more to add,

He knew His masterpiece was complete,

And so, He called it … Dad

– Author Unknown

Sandy Cunningham is publisher of L’Observateur. She can be reached at sandy.cunningham@wickcommunications.com