Happy Father’s Day to all those Dads who do not feel totally appreciated.
Let’s be honest! Mother’s Day is the most popular holiday of the year. We celebrate the Mothers, who give birth to your marvelous children, who spend the majority of time with them during their formative years and who chauffeur them back and forth to school. Thus, as a result, the Mothers get the majority of credit for how they turn out. There is of course one small codicil. At such times as the kids misbehave or commit more serious breaches of character, it is of course the Dad’s fault.
Father’s Day is the low-keyed celebration for sperm donors. We are allowed to have one peaceful day a year, where we can watch a sports event and lounge around the house without being accused of being lazy.
Some of us work 60- or 70-hour work weeks to support the family. Your lunch hour (if you have time for one) may incorporate a few emergency calls per month to come rushing home because your lovely wife is having a mini-crisis of some sort. But you better not be exhausted when you get home in the evening because you still have to help the kids with their homework and discipline them for their misadventures that day.
There is the time that you spend coaching various sports, but that is part of your allocation of “free” time. Attending Borough Council meetings or Board of Education meetings must also be done on your “free” time.
School clothing may be purchased during the week by Mom, but sports equipment and cleats obviously are only available for sale on weekends and must be purchased by Dad.
If your kids want to see a movie on the weekend, your wife is more than happy to let you take them so she can finally get some peace and quiet.
You are undoubtedly required to take your teenage son (or daughter) out driving because your wife doesn’t want her car to get damaged, i.e. your car doesn’t matter.
But when you wake up Father’s Day morning with your 7-year-old daughter standing there with a hand-made card, saying, “Daddy, I love you. Happy Father’s Day,” it somehow makes everything all right, and you don’t feel quite so unappreciated.