Sunday, June 21, 2009
Here we are on Father's Day and I know I should be happy for all those fathers who are spending the day with their families, and I am, but it is hard for those who can't spend time with their father for various reasons including death. Don't get me wrong, I am not against Father's Day, but I know how hard it can be on some of us. I didn't go to church today because I knew from past experience the sermon would be about fathers and that would just hurt. My dad died when I was 9 and both grandfathers long before that. My favorite uncle dies the same weekend as my father (Good Friday and Holy Saturday before Easter). Then I married someone who was not a good match for me. We had two children before we separated and divorced. The children were 6 months and 20 months old at the time of the separation. He moved on and remarried. He had two more children. He really had little to no contact with my children during their growing up years nor did he support them. So I watched my children grow up without a father and deal with Father's Day every year.
I just wish there were some alternative to the Father's Day hoopla for those who don't have a father but I also try to keep in mind that it is only one day a year.
Happy Father's Day to all those good fathers out there.