As Father’s Day draws near, it reminds us all to stop and pay tribute to our father. Every single one of us has a father. We wouldn’t be here if we didn’t 😉 !
Fathers deserve a little recognition and “thanks” for what they’ve done for us, but DADS deserve more. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, sacrifice, or commitment to be a “father”. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a “father” as this: a man who has begotten a child. The definition of “daddy” is this: a father. Merriam-Webster, while your definition of “daddy” is true, it’s not accurate. DADDY is not a synonym for father. They are totally different. And you, DADDY, are more than just a father.
A man becomes a father after biological reproduction.
A man becomes a DADDY by choice.
Having your child call you Daddy is a privilege earned by love, hard work, sleepless nights, commitment, encouragement, quality time, and sacrifice. YOU are a Daddy because you have chosen to be one.
You uncomfortably sat through the ultrasound visits…because you want to be called Daddy.
You helped pick out the name, even though your contribution of “Hulk” or “Hogan” got shot down quickly…because you want to be called Daddy.
(photo credit: Leslie Tate)
You spent hours in the floor, cursing Graco under your breath, as you assembled baby gear…because you want to be called Daddy.
You were there in the delivery room, coaching and encouraging, as you witnessed the miracle of your child being born…because you want to be called Daddy.
(photo credit: Paperlily Photography)
…or maybe…You signed one million papers, raised what seemed like one million dollars, and waited what felt like one million days to finally hold that child in your arms and welcome him into your home…because you want to be called Daddy.
You traded in that Georgia red, lifted up, F-150 to buy the four door sedan…because you want to be called Daddy.
You swallowed your pride, strapped on that baby carrier, and wore your child on your chest…because you want to be called Daddy.
You fought back the urge to vomit and pushed through that diaper change…because you want to be called Daddy.
You canceled on the guy’s poker invitation, fight night, or pick up game to spend time at home…because you want to be called Daddy.
(photo credit: Christy Martin Photography)
You learned the words and can sing along to Dora the Explorer, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Bubble Guppies…because you want to be called Daddy.
You take off work to be at pre-school’s Donuts with Dad and you leave work early to be there for the t-ball game…because you want to be called Daddy.
You kiss boo-boos, give baths, brush teeth, clean up toys, and go on special ice cream runs…because you want to be called Daddy.
You go to work, provide for your family, and sacrifice financially…because you want to be called Daddy.
You cuddle, love, support, protect, guide, discipline, teach, and listen…because you want to be called Daddy.
I know you don’t do all of these things because you HAVE TO, because you’re their father. You do it…and more…because you WANT TO. Because you’re their DADDY.
And because you’re AWESOME!
Happy Father’s Day not only to a father, but someone who chooses, EVERY DAY….to be a DADDY.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
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This is simply beautiful. Though I never had a father to begin with, I always wanted to have a special daddy to always count on when I needed help. They day never came and it probably never will, but this tribute said it all. It’s so amazing, I was on the verge of tears. You are a talented writer and you can go far with writing. Thank you very much for posting this. 🙂