Happy Fathers Day!!!


Today is Fathers Day!!! If children can choose their fathers what or who would theybe? Here are some quotes of what children describe or know their fathers:

Philip Whitmore Sr. says “Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!!” How true. How many men just want to father children but never meant to be their father. How many children live in broken homes because their fathers did not want to be real men and be fathers to their children whether in marriage or out of wedlock. Lesson: Don’t make a baby if you can’t be a father.

Here is another one: “A father is someone thatholds your hand at the fair and makes sure you do what your mother says; holds back your hair when you are sick; brushes that hair when it is tangled because mother is too busy; lets you eat ice cream for breakfastbut only when mother is away; he walks you down the aisleand tells you everything’s gonna be ok.” That is a father who is a member of TAKUSA (mgatakotsaasawa). There is nothing wrong with that if it preserves the unity of the family.

Clarence BudingtonKelland describes his father this way: “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” That is fathering by example. As we always say, “action speaks louder than words.”

Here is how to be a father and be the boy again. Harmon Killebrew said that “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say,”You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raisingboys.” Now that is one father who is not a TAKUSA member. How we wish that every father could be like that but in reality, their numbers can be counted on one’s fingers.

And here is a description of a sentimental father, “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” His children may have been the cause for his losing the money where they used to be kept, in his wallet.

And here is how a baseball athlete father can learn fast how to diaper a baby. “Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.” That is how Jimmy Piersal exactly does it.

But in today’s dog eats dog society that President-Elect RodyDuterte would like to change, who are the best fathers to their children? The one who tries to win elections by all means? One who spent too much in election but can’t tell the Comelec how much even after the deadline for submitting SOCE (statement of contributions and expenditures) has elapsed?

Or maybe the father whose bank book was mistakenly returned to the wrong person who was surprised to see the account with a $81 million deposit? That must be the money that the government of Bangladesh had been tracing all along. If not then may be that was not $81 million but only P81 million. No matter, it was a huge amount of deposit for one who was said to be a government official. I always tell my graduate students in public administration that any one in government who gets rich in the service is “nangawat.”

If we really think about it, one does not need to biologically father a child to be a father in the real sense. A public official who has genuine service in his mind and heart is a good father. A supervisor who is a coach and a mentor is a good father. A mother who raises her children alone is a good father. We call her “Inatay” – inahan and tatay at the same time.

But the best Father is the one who has a child who was willing to die, and in fact He died on the cross to save mankind.



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