2008-06-11 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

To most of us, dads are heroes
By Larry G. Spence

I don't have any idea what kind of a relationship you have or had with you Father, but mine, with few exceptions, was a good one. My Dad was a hard-working man who cared about his family and his fellow man along with his country. He's not with us anymore but the memories linger on, and I find myself reflecting on them more often these days.

It's not the major things, but the little things that make Dads heroes, things that are not often seen or spoken. Things like just being there, whether it be ball games, school functions, church, whatever it may be, just the fact that Dad is there, not because he has to be, but because he wants to be. Then there are the sacrifices made, some financially so the son or daughter can have sometime they want or need, or just the everyday routine stuff that a Dad drops what he's doing to do something for a loved one.

It's those little things that makes the heart remember only the good times. It's the little things that give encouragement and wisdom shared to help us face life's hard roads. It's the little things that you try to pattern your life after as you raise your own children. It's those little things that we remember about our Dads that cause our hearts to ache at special times during the year, now that they are no longer with us.

It's those little things that cause me to thank my Heavenly Father for giving me an earthly father that I admire, love, and miss terribly. It's those little things that come to mind that make me wish we would have had more time together and that I would have shared with him how much I loved him while he was still here to hear it.

So I encourage you to let your Dad know you love him this week, and not only this week, but all year long. Call him if you can, if not send a note or a card. If he is no longer living say a prayer of thanks to your Heavenly Father, for the Dad he gave you. To all the Dads, I urge you to be part of your children's lives, you will never regret it, and they will never forget it. Happy Father's Day to all the Dads!

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