Father’s Day: My First Hero

While it may seem that heroes, these days, are in short supply, you may want to take another look. They just might be closer than you think. Here’s the story of my first hero… on Father’s Day. 

Little girl on her daddy's shoulder for My First Hero

Today’s Hero: Dad

Little girls love their daddies like no other. He is often her first hero, the first man she falls in love with. He becomes her standard of what it means to be a man. He will largely determine the qualities she will look for in a future husband.

Heroes then, it appears, are not in short supply. They are… everywhere.

They are dads.

And they are loved.

As I love mine.
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3 Things Dads Can Teach Their Daughters

Thank you, Dad, for teaching me these lessons.

1. “It will be okay.”

No matter what happens in life, when your dad says, “It will be okay,” you believe him. And somehow from a first car accident to a lost puppy, or later, a love, you find that he was right. Things do have a way of working out. 

2. “I will be here.”

Firsts can be scary. Challenges can seem daunting. Obstacles can seem hopeless. When dad says, “I will be right here.” It’s a key that says, “Nothing is impossible.” 

3. “I love you.”

The greatest of all gifts. Those three simple words have changed the world.

My First Hero

I have a special relationship with my dad. As the oldest in our family, I was able able to spend a lot of time with him, even with his three jobs and putting himself through college.

And as I grew older, I was able to join him in many of his professional endeavors. My first job, at 16, was in his office working for his assistants. And to this day… I still help out where I can.

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My dad and I on an Easter Sunday.

As a result, we developed not only a close parental relationship but a working one as well.

I loved and admired the man he was in front of thousands and I loved and admired the man who was my daddy.

And because of that strong relationship, and his example, I would someday find a man who mirrored those same values. That man became my husband — more than 25 years ago.

Fathers in our World

Fathers make a giant contribution to our world. They are pillars of strength, protectors, and providers. Their unique insight and wisdom flavor our world and their discipline rights a sometimes topsy-turvy universe. Their work is often endless and difficult, executed with the utmost patience… mostly. (I’m smiling).

But without men in our lives, there is a balance, an ingredient… a certain dynamic missing. While underappreciated, men bring an element to relationships that is unique and vital. And so often, they don’t even know it. 

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My husband and son at age 2.

Thank You, Dads

So, thank you, men of mine. For putting up with what you do, for working hard, providing well, and loving us (the women in your life) unconditionally. You are loved and honored.

Take time, this Father’s Day, to love on your dad, your husband, or any other man who has made a significant contribution in your life.

Spoil them and let them know how much you appreciate their love and devotion. Don’t let the day pass with a card, a text, an email, a phone call, a special meal … a cup of coffee. Kiss them on the cheek and hug their neck. Even if it’s from miles away.

2 More Thoughts

Daddy’s Hands

I remember Daddy’s hands,
folded silently in prayer
And reaching out to hold me,
when I had a nightmare
You could read quite a story,
in the callouses and lines
Years of work and worry
had left their mark behind

I remember Daddy’s hands,
how they held my Mama tight
And patted my back,
for something done right
There are things that I’ve forgotten,
that I loved about the man
But I’ll always remember
the love in Daddy’s hands

Daddy’s hands were soft and kind when I was cryin’
Daddy’s hands, were hard as steel
when I’d done wrong
Daddy’s hands, weren’t always gentle
But I’ve come to understand
There was always love
in
Daddy’s hands

I remember Daddy’s hands
 working ’til they bled
Sacrificed unselfishly,
just to keep us all fed
If I could do things over,
I’d live my life again
And never take for granted
the love in Daddy’s hands

Daddy’s hands were soft and kind
when I was cryin’
Daddy’s hands, were hard as steel
when I’d done wrong
Daddy’s hands, weren’t always gentle
But I’ve come to understand
There was always love in Daddy’s hands

Daddy’s hands were soft and kind
when I was cryin’
Daddy’s hands, were hard as steel
when I’d done wrong
Daddy’s hands, weren’t always gentle
But I’ve come to understand
There was always love
In Daddy’s hands

— Daddy’s Hands Lyrics by Holly Dunn —

 

Tears In My Daddy’s Eyes

He was always my pillar when I knew I’d fall
Always my anchor, so strong and tall
His hard face changes only for me
His softer side, so careless and free
He knows my dreams are too big for this place
His little girl’s leaving, ready to begin her race
He knows I’ll be thinking of him wherever I go
I know I’m ready to do this on my own
But still I cry and he holds me tight
He tries to be strong, not a tear in sight
I’m ready to reach for the stars in the sky
He’s ready to watch his princess fly
It’s time to let go, sure of a path to take
But now I know, even pillars can break
For when I drive away, trying to stifle my cries
All I could see were tears in my father’s eyes

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/tears-in-my-daddys-eyes

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