Father’s Day is a day in which children honor fathers with gifts, breakfasts, and picnics in the park. I’d like to tell you the story of a young man I met briefly when I worked in a photo lab. He was talking to me while his wife was nearby visiting with some friends of theirs.
He was singing praises to her name, telling me how wonderful she was. Then, as he whipped around a stroller revealing his two-year-old son, he said to me with heartfelt emotion, “Look what she did for me!” The mother overheard this and was overwhelmed with joy as she stifled tears.
As I looked at his young son, my own eyes swelled up. I never had someone I could call “Daddy,” so it always moves me when I see a man treat his children — and his wife — with such love and adoration. I was so impressed by this young man.
One of the indicators of a good father is how he treats a child’s mother. To quote John Wooden: “The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” It was clear to me that this young husband adored and cherished his wife, along with his young son.
Unquestionably, the little boy in the stroller will grow up to love and honor his father, not just on Father’s Day, but every single day of the year, for years to come. Just as important, he will respect and adore his mother as well because he learned how to do so from his father.
And he will, no doubt, know how to treasure the woman he chooses to marry because his father set an excellent example for him.
Little boys learn from their fathers how to respect women. Little girls learn from their fathers how to expect respect from the boys, one of whom she’ll eventually marry. This is the way it should be.
Have a nice Father’s Day!