Thanks Dad

As the saying goes,”Any swinging dick can procreate, but taking on the responsibilities of being a full time father, that means something”. Sunday is Father’s Day. It was never celebrated in my house because I was raised by a single mom, they divorced when I was 2 but now that I am a dad myself, it has become important.

I wanted to write a serious post about the subject and hope folks will chime in. There is lots of different avenues we can take this, such as:
Are dads even necessary?
What can dads teach kids?
What influences did your dad have in your life?
If you grew up without a dad, did it effect you adversely or were you none the lesser for it?
What are some of the things you plan on instilling in your kids?

Things that I am interested in would be life’s lessons that your dad taught you that you think important to pass along, stuff that each generation needs for a better life.

For my own self I would of liked someone around that would show me how to fix things, how to work on cars, home repair, how things work, that kind of stuff. Although I have always been a good athlete and excelled in sports, it would have been nice to have someone around who could show me the proper way to throw a curveball, a perfect spiral or a top spin forehand without muddying through it trial and error method like I had to do.

Although mom was great and did her best, there are some things boys need to learn from a man, things like honor, humility, responsibility, a proper work ethic, and how to treat and respect women. All these things are on my curriculum for my son.

It is hard to know if I suffered at all growing up without a dad. My wife had such a super relationship with her dad, she was the baby of the family and was the apple of his eye, he died a few years ago but I’ll always remember how each lit up when they were together.

So, here is your chance to let dad know how much you appreciate him, what life’s lessons did he instill in you that made you a better man?

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  1. Seattle Outcast

    Are dads even necessary?

    You can take one look at most people raised without a dad and the answer is “fuck yes”. My sister’s kids are a good example of “maybe I should just fucking drown them” for instance.

    And of course, the whole porn industry is driven by the effects of absent fathers…

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    For my own self I would of liked someone around that would show me how to fix things, how to work on cars, home repair, how things work, that kind of stuff.

    My neighbor has that issue (great guy) – raised by his grandparents I believe, went to college on a football scholarship. Can’t fix anything; has no tools, not sure how most of them work. When he and his FIL were working on his car with one of those little household tool kits that are barely adequate for taking apart a small radio I walked over, saw what they were doing, and made them stop while I got my tools out of my garage. Next day was his first trip ever to an auto parts store.

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  3. bgeek

    It’s funny, I was going to answer on this very issue. My Dad taught me from a young age that if someone named “Bubba” could do a job (we lived in central/west Texas), I could learn how to do it too. This is how my Mom and Dad were able to raise 5 kids in a midsize Texas city on a high school teacher’s salary. If something broke, we fixed it ourselves using library books with trial and error. Every summer and winter break was used to build a new room or upgrade the household. We didn’t do without and I’m thankful for that. My Dad is a very smart man, yet can do useful/practical things lacking in academics and taught my brothers and myself to do the same with my Mom working right beside us. I hope to pass it down to my kids as well (my 5 year old daughter already helps me prepare supper and make the beer).

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