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  Posted: June 18, 2020      Views: 59

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A Father's Day Tribute
"Diversified Dads" by Susan Larson

I was hosting a baby shower for my niece, Amy, whose baby was due June 14. She and her husband, Jason, had already named their son-to-be Jeb Stuart, which thrills me to pieces. Having in-laws with names like Bjarne, Thora, and Johanna, and growing up in an ethnic environment in which Bubba means Grandma, claiming a nephew named Jeb Stuart was going make me feel like I finally belonged in the South.

An appropriate shower gift, I thought, might be a children's Bible. As I browsed through the bookstore, I saw just the book I was looking for. Across the top it read "Bible Stories for Boys." Perfect! Then across the bottom it continued "and their mothers." What about fathers? Do fathers not read Bible stories to their sons?

After buying a generic beginner's Bible, I went to the party store to find shower decorations and a book titled "Funny Things Moms Say" caught my eye. Just below it was a companion book, "Dumb Things Dads Do."

All this male bashing! I'm sick of it! Everywhere I look, men are being put down or excluded. I get all kinds of e-mails about how wonderful women are, but never a positive one about men. So, for Father's Day, I'm going to write my own, celebrating all our diverse dads.

Happy Father's Day to dads who coach their kid's soccer team, and to dads who wish they could, but can't get off work in time for 6:00 p.m. practices. To dads who attend every Cub Scout pack meeting and to those who can't because they're sitting in a hotel in Chicago mapping out the next day's sales route.

Happy Father's Day to dads who work two jobs so their wives can be stay-at-home moms and to dads who assume the role--and tolerate the stigma--of househusband to support their wives' careers.

Happy Father's Day to dads who tuck their kids into bed every night and to dads who can't because they work the night shift. To dads who help their kids with their homework and to those who can't because their ex-wives have custody.

And while I'm at it, Happy Father's Day to "Disneyland Dads" who do the best they can every other weekend with whatever resources they have to make up for the twelve days they can't--but wish they could-- be with their kids.

Happy Father's Day to dads of valedictorians, dads of Special Olympics champions, dads who adopt, men who step in as step-dads, and men without children who serve as father figures for kids whose need them.

Happy Father's Day to military dads making the world a safer place for their kids.
And finally, happy Father's Day to dads who give their kids traditional American names like Michael, Robert, or Daniel, and to dads who give their kids ethnically diverse names like Carlos, Abdul, Ronak, or good ol' southern names like Jeb Stuart.

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