Today is Father’s Day. You hopefully already know that. It’s a day filled with barbecues, small back yard tents, and of course beer. A day to remember the strange animal that lived in your house growing up, over worked and tired, confused, dressing for a different decade, and listening to “real music”. The same hairy bimbo that can’t stop cursing at the lawnmower. Papa. Dad. Pops. Whatever you call him. Today is a day to remember him. Who he is. Or who he was.
There’s a bunch of us that have the fortunate opportunity to see their father today. There’s some of us that have the amazing luck to talk to their father today. There’s got to be a handful that will at least be blessed with a hallmark card to be remembered by, even if you can’t speak with your dad over the phone that particular day. But there are others still who won’t be able to do that. Won’t be able to get a card from them, or send a card to them. And this hallmark holiday will serve a different purpose. As a reminder more than anything, just another earmark.
I’m lucky today. I’l be able to get on Skype with my dad. We’ll talk about The NBA finals game 7 tonight, we’ll mince words about my new lawnmower, and we’ll share our pleasant exchanges, which we’ll both blow off like it’s no big deal. But it is. And we’ll both know that too. And so for father’s day my dad and I every year give each other a giddy, tongue in cheek “happy dad’s day”. It’s a pretty good gift. And it’s one of a kind.
But I know there’s some of you out there today that don’t have dad to get a card from, or Skype, or call. And today means something different. And I respect that. And I’m at least empathetic to that. As much in reality that I can be, anyway. So today I wan’t you to know that I’m thinking about you. And that I’ll at the very least casually bring you up in conversation today, but mostly to tell a good story.
Today is my third Father’s Day. I’m not one for holidays. But this one is OK with me. A little recognition for changing poopy diapers, getting puked on, getting occasionally punched in the nuts, and ham-fistedly trying to repair various household items unsuccessfully is nice. You get the nod from strangers, other moms, and other dad’s. The dad’s holding up their kid like a badge of courage, as if they’ve been through war, tethered sheepishly to a trundling stroller and plodding along as the moss back mule, carrying the heavy load.
No matter what you call dad, today is the day to at the very least call upon him, for reverence, guidance, or to tell a good story that brings about a nice memory. Happy Dad’s Day, Big T.
Anthony N. White is a writer currently living in Rochester, NY.
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