It's Not Easy Being a Dad

[fa icon="calendar"] June 19, 2016 / by Ray Van Gilst

happy_fathers_dayA mother was out walking with her 4-year-old daughter. The child picked up something off the ground and started to put it into her mouth. The mother took it away and said “Don’t do that!”

“Why not?” asked the child.

“Because it’s on the ground,” said her mother. “You don’t know where it’s been. It’s dirty, and it’s probably loaded with germs that could make you sick.”

The child looked at her mother with total admiration and said, “Mommy, how do you know all this stuff? You’re so smart.”

The mother said, “All Moms know this stuff. It’s on the Mom’s Test. You have to know it or they don’t let you be a Mom.”

There was silence for a minute or so as the child thought this through. “Oh, I get it,” she said at last. “And if you don’t pass the test you have to be the Daddy?”

As someone has said, “Father’s Day is like Mother’s Day, except the gift is cheaper.” And that’s true. But there are some fine Dads out there, and we want to honor them. After all, it’s not easy being a Dad.

"Tea" Party

A woman wrote to a magazine to tell about an event that had occurred in her family when she was about eighteen months old. Her mother was out and her dad was in charge of her and her brother, who was four years older. She says that she had just recovered from an accident in which she had received some injuries. Someone had given her a little ‘tea set’ as a get-well gift and it was one of her favorite toys.

Her Dad was in the living room one evening engrossed in the evening news and her brother was playing nearby in the living room when the little girl brought her Dad a little cup of make-believe ‘tea,’ which was just plain water. After several cups of this tea and lots of praise from Dad for making such a yummy concoction, the little girl’s Mom came home. Her Dad made Mom wait in the living room to watch this eighteen-month-old bring him a cup of tea, because it was “just the cutest thing!”

Her Mom waited, and sure enough, here the girl came down the hall with a cup of tea for her Daddy. Mom watched Dad drink this special tea, then asked, “Did it ever occur to you that the only place that baby can reach to get water is the toilet?”

“Yuck!” It’s not easy being a Dad.

"Spitting" Image

One dad said he found out what is meant by the term “a spitting image” when he tried to feed cereal to his infant son.

Which reminds me of a news story sometime back about a 43-year-old German man who was airlifted to the hospital after he fell off a second-story balcony. It seems this 43-year-old man was engaged in a spitting contest with his 12-year-old son. (You have to be male to appreciate the significance of this story). Anyway, according to the story, this father lost his balance leaning too far forward attempting to out-spit his son. He tumbled over the ledge and landed on a balcony of the apartment below.

A Salute to All Father Figures

It’s not easy being a Dad, but never before has it been more important that we have good Dads. These are stressful times that require superlative parenting. Not every biological father is a good Dad. And today there are stepdads who are facing the challenge of being a Dad to children who may or may not be ready to accept them.

There are also grandfathers who are filling the role of surrogate Dads. This is a new world, particularly with regard to the family. Today we sincerely salute all those men who are conscientiously seeking to provide a wholesome Christian environment to young people, in whatever role they may be, just as we saluted Christian women on Mother’s Day.

Happy Father's Day!

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