This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day and Flag Day. What could be more appropriate? Flag Day and Father’s Day both run down the same train of thought. Our Fathers should be honored, just like our flag for what they stand for.
Our fathers are what we become, no matter how hard we try not to, we inevitably do to some degree become our fathers. Our fathers should be symbols of authority to us. Our fathers should be symbols of honor to us. Our fathers should be symbols of love to us. Our fathers should be the picture of providers to us. Our fathers mold us into who we are whether we want it or not.
There is no course that a father takes to become a father. Most men are subconsciously trained to be fathers by their father and they use the same methods on their children as their father used to raise them. We seldom realize that we are in training as we grow up to be men and fathers. That is primarily because men seldom discuss such things among themselves. Men are known for avoiding anything evolving emotion or deep family matters. Men for centuries have been expected to be the strong silent type. But as they say “still waters run deep” and men are no exception to this rule. They are silent but that doesn’t mean that they are emotionless.
Fathers are a lot more emotional than you would think. Their emotions do run deep if you doubt that then just watch a father when his daughter goes out on her first date. Fathers are expected to stoic and brave no matter the circumstances. It takes a very brave and strong man to stand up to the expectations of fatherhood. But yet there are no training manuals or courses to prepare one for fatherhood.
Most fathers have an imaginary of fatherhood from watching their fathers but they actually learn from “on the job” training. Most of our fathers don’t sit us down and explain to us how to conduct a household or how to discipline a child. We do see how they handle the situation but we don’t really get into their minds to hear what they went through to conclude a problem.
How many of you fathers out there were ready for watching your child come into the world? I know your father didn’t discuss that with you and I know he didn’t discuss what he was thinking when you came into the world, especially if he witnessed the event.
Our fathers are a complicated species and we will never fully understand them but they are our fathers. As men they were expected to not cry or show any emotional weaknesses. That part of being a man is being debunked now days, as it should. Men should never be ashamed to show emotion or to shed a tear. The stronger man will never hesitate to do so and the weaker man will restrain himself from showing such a “weakness”.
Fathers were designed to be the stronger of the two sexes in some respects but weaker in other respects. That was by design because Fathers are there to fill the gaps that Mothers have. Mothers are usually the nurturers leaving more of the disciplinarian tasks to the father. One is strong in some areas while the other is strong in other areas creating a stronger front that can take fearlessly on all battles.
The existence of parenting is a duality existence. Fathers wouldn’t exist if it were not for Mothers and vice-versa. That is the fact of the relationship between parents. A good father knows that and responds accordingly in most situations. He knows that he needs his wife as much as she needs him or if he doesn’t know that then he isn’t much of a father.
Good fathers always know that even though they maybe the head of the household that he is still just part of the household. Good fathers are strong, supportive and well disciplined. Good fathers give their children enough slack to allow them to make their own mistakes. They do this while protecting them from severe mistakes and while still being excellent disciplinarians. Good fathers always listen with an open mind while explaining the possible outcomes of one’s actions.
Good fathers always find time for others within the family. They teach their children the value of material things, spiritual things as well as patriotic things. They teach their children many life lessons most of the time without the children even knowing it. Good fathers are always ready to protect his family and above all else he loves all within the family unconditionally. Fathers are to be looked up to as role models and should above all else be found worthy of that role.
Just as we should look up to our fathers with pride and love we should look up to our flag with the same emotions. We should respect it for the things it was meant to stand for. When we look up at it we should see within each of its stars the shining qualities of our freedoms and rights. Within the red stripes we should see the blood sacrifices of all those who were so willing to give their lives to ensure that we could have such things. Within the blue back ground we should see the beauty of the spacious skies and wide horizons that America offers. Within the white stripes we should see the purity of intentions of the founding fathers for the creation of America.
I hope everyone enjoys both Flag Day and Fathers Day while celebrating both with the reverence that they both deserve. Happy Flag Day and Happy Fathers Day!
P.S.—While you celebrate Fathers Day don’t forget the father of us all.
This article was written by Bertrum J Meisner Jr. I am not a professional writer. I am just a common every day laborer like most of you. I write from my heart, logic and life experiences. I am a devout Constitutional conservative and Christian. My only degree is in life experiences, which comes from a lifetime of learning from life. I derived my education from being part of this great nation and that has given me more of an education than I could ever get from any text book. I love this country and everything it is supposed to stand for. I write to bring it back to its roots and to help stop the destruction that is coming to this country both morally and physically.
Bertrum James Meisner Jr
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