What is a Father's Tribute?
"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." - Anne Sexton
What do you remember about your father? Was he someone who was always there or was he never there? Did he spend time teaching you to fish, hunt or perhaps some sport? Was he someone who was quiet, read books, or worked several jobs just to keep food on the table? Perhaps your father wasn't around much, or perhaps not at all. Maybe your mother, grandfather or an uncle took on that role.
Those who touch our lives always shape us, and our father does so by his presence or his absence. Johnny Cash sang a song about a boy named "Sue" by his father before leaving the boy's life. "Sue" was influenced all his life by this one simple act of his father, an act that the song said made the boy strong enough to take on life's battles. It also influenced the grandchildren of this man, as "Sue" vowed to name his children any name other than "Sue!"
Father's Day is Sunday and gives us a chance to reflect on fathers and their influences in our lives. To all the fathers who have influenced you to be the person that you are, I say "THANK YOU" for a job well done and dedicate this to each of you as A Father's Tribute!