For those of us who are blessed to have fathers and extra blessed to have grandfathers, Father’s Day is a special day. My brother Wayne and I have been blessed to have a wonderful father who is our #1 cheerleader! Many of my friends were also raised by outstanding fathers. I have to say the essential thing that makes a father great is that he complements a mother’s love. My mom and dad have been complementary for 60 years. Wayne and Marcia are on their way to similar success.
My father has always exclaimed the importance of mothers. His relationship with Granny was special and his success is a prime example of what a man can attain with the love and devotion of a great mother. Wayne and I are blessed to also have such a mother.
Many of the people I’ve met over the years have been raised in single mother households. My father served as a wonderful example and filled a void for many of my friends who were fatherless or lost their fathers. Now my father is teaching many of them how to be a grandfather. As I am 60 years old now (grandfather age), many of my friends are embracing grandfatherdom. Especially in the black community, grandfathers are a prize and supreme blessing.
We are living in trying times now and witnessing some disturbing things that are happening that go against the values of our forefathers. Our country is one founded by immigrants and dreamers. Our country has the reputation of being the place where dreams come true (the “American dream”). It’s a place that should embrace everyone! Surely, our immigration laws and policies need to be changed. People still come and risk their lives to come here because of how we promoted ourselves. Surely, we can come to a more humanitarian resolution for our current Dreamers and other immigrants. Our President is supposed to serve as a symbol of the best of what our forefathers envisioned. Can Donald Trump truly be considered the father symbol of our entire nation? I THINK NOT! It’s up to our democratic society to save us from his shortcomings and lead our nation to GREATNESS.
For those of you who are fathers, always strive to be great and look towards your own great examples to figure out how. Observe and listen to your children and consider their happiness and accomplishments as indicators of how great you’re doing.
Dad, I was blessed to have a great father! I love you and thank you so much!!