Some years ago a local phone company offered free long distant calls to the men in a local prison, so they could call their mothers on Mother's Day. It was so successful, with men lining up for hours to talk to their moms, that the company decided to offer the same thing on Father's Day.
Not one man in the prison came forward to call his father.
Now, it would be simplistic to suggest that only men with no relationship or poor relationships with their fathers end up in prison. But it is a profound indicator of the power a good father has in the lives of his children.
My own father died last year. This year all my father's day cards went to either my husband or my sons and son-in-law. I'm grateful for my dear husband who always has our children's' best interest in mind and does so much for them day or night--they may disagree at times with how he goes about it but they always know his loving intent. I'm grateful for my sons who are now fathers. It's fun to watch them interact with their children. They were all so excited to be dads.
"A father is a guy who has pictures in his wallet where his money used to be."