A good friend will spend this fathers day weekend eulogizing his dad. My brother-in-law did the same for his father 2 months ago. It’s hard to loose a parent and keep it together enough to speak at the funeral. I spoke at my dad’s funeral 16 years ago. Writing those words were hard and sharing them even harder. But I got through it and I’m glad I did it. Friends and family tell me they still remember the inspiring stories. But the words had the most impact on me.
Fathers have an important responsibility to teach and affirm their children, especially their sons. Standing up for my Dad that day was an opportunity for me to remember what Dad really taught my sister and me and accept the responsibility to do the same for my children. This Fathers Day, if you have a good relationship with your father, thank him for what he’s taught you. If your father is deceased, share those lessons and legacy with your children. And when that time comes in the future when you have to decide, ‘do I stand up for my dad,’ I hope you will. My dad battled brain cancer the last three months of his life and we had an incredible opportunity to walk together through that physical and spiritual journey together. He wanted to ‘write a book’ during those last days so my words at his funeral became his ‘book.’ The words are still hard for me to read but I hope Dad’s story will inspire you.