Some Dads Don’t

Some dads make sure their employer knows well in advance that they want to be off work the weekend of the third Sunday of June.

If they can’t get it off, they’ll plan on calling in sick.

They pack in the charcoal, the hot dogs, and all of the kiddos into their four door SUVs.  They grab the fishing poles and fruit snacks.

They smear sunscreen on their nose and ketchup on their shirt.

Some dads play football with their boys out in the backyard.

They catch the sounds of their favorite music on the radio and the sounds of their sons laughing, as they carry the youngest child through the end zone.

Some dads fill sand in tiny sand buckets, some dads run to get kites started, some dads demonstrate how to dive, some dads teach how to use a saw or how to drive a car or how to mow the lawn.

Some dads laugh and romp and play.

Some dads get adoring gazes from their wife and silly gifts from their children.

They feel important and that their feelings of fatherhood are honored.

Some dads have all of their children with them.

But some dads don’t.

International Bereaved Fathers Day – the fourth Sunday of September – for those dads who find something missing on Father’s day.

September 23, 2012

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4 Responses to Some Dads Don’t

  1. Cindy says:

    As always, great post!

  2. hmstrait says:

    This was interesting. I never knew this “day” existed. The fourth Sunday of last September was the day my son was born sleeping. ❤

  3. Brittanie says:

    I’m glad the dads have a day too. My husband has talked about how he feels “forgotten.” Everyone understands that it was really hard on me, and that 6 years later it is still hard on me. But they always asked him how I was doing, and very few asked him how he was. And though he doesn’t talk much about her, I know that he still hurts.

    My Matt and our sweet sleeping Cora: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v493/siproetastelenes/Cora/Cora5-2-06_09a.jpg

  4. Hope says:

    Very fitting, Sept 23rd, 2012 our Poppy would have been 1 & it is our 1st wedding anniversary & our little girl’s 6 month marker!

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