Column: Have a happy Heroes Day

Jun. 14, 2013 @ 01:22 PM

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

We all know about the heroic fire, police and emergency personnel who were running into New York’s Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, instead of running out of the heavily damaged buildings and never walked out.

We read or hear about the individual who jumps into a murky river or lake after seeing someone in distress, with no thought to their own safety.

We’ve read about individuals who run into burning buildings to help someone, putting their own lives in peril.

But fathers, good fathers, are also heroes, and Sunday we will celebrate them on their special day.

Some might ask why I would call fathers heroes, but the answer is easy. It can take heroic efforts to be a good father, and fortunately we have many positive examples in our community. It’s hard work to stay married and take care of the family. Fathers who work hard, even in difficult times to provide shelter, food and clothing face a hard task. Fathers who use their free time to coach their child’s teams, read to them in the evening and help them with their homework instead of being glued to the television are special people. Fathers who care what kind of people their children associate with can face criticism, but they do it with love. Fathers who lead the way to church each week set a positive example.

Sometimes the marriage or relationship doesn’t last, and this we know all too well because the statistics say over half will fail. Those fathers that still remain in the children’s lives and meet their financial obligations to care for them are also heroes. It can take a herculean effort to do those things when the relationship has ended. Statistics all show us that many of those men walk away but many more stay committed to their children.

Fathers, like heroes, come in all shapes and sizes, and tomorrow let us honor them. Happy Father’s Day and thanks for a job well done!