Well, it’s Father’s Day. If you are a non-dad who wishes you had children and finds this holiday painful, I hope you can take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. If you have a living father or grandfather, honoring him will help take the pressure off of yourself. Otherwise, as I advise the women on Mother’s Day, get thee far from all media until the day is over. Of course, if you’re not living in Pacific time, maybe this advice comes too late. Or maybe not. Tonight’s prime-time TV shows are likely to be Father’s Day oriented.
At church this morning, I watched the men as our pastor asked all men who are fathers or play the role of father in some capacity to bow their heads for a special prayer. Most bowed their heads, but the man across the aisle from me, who is young but walks with great difficulty, stared straight ahead, looking uncomfortable. I could feel his pain. In a world where all the men of a certain age seem to be dads, he’s not. For him, I’ll bet the prayer seemed to last forever.
Father’s Day doesn’t get quite the attention that Mother’s Day gets. It may be a little easier to ignore it, but it still hurts. Go do something you enjoy and forget about it.
If you are a woman who loves someone who would like to be a father but isn’t, be especially kind to him today.
Soon it will be Monday, and we can watch “The Bachelorette” again.