My father passed away over 40 years ago and I still miss him just about every day, do we ever get too old to need a dad, I don’t think so. What makes it tougher is that my relationship with my mom was divisive at best and a daily battle. In the Unites States we celebrate dad the 3rd Sunday in June, other countries have many other dates to celebrate.
For a time dads were the butt of the joke on television and at the movies, then the switch was flipped and he became the stern authoritarian person. Occasionally you saw that dad’s really knew best or had a good idea or was just a good guy trying his best. My dad was close to being the last one at least in my eyes.
My dad holding me in the yard.
As an adult I discovered that one of my brothers thought he was an idiot, another thought he was useless at best and another was very much afraid of him. I adored him and wish we could have had some form of father/daughter talks. My dad like many of his generation was not a talker, he was the strong silent type. I can remember only a couple of one on one conversations. I know he talked to my mom and sadly she used to talk bad about him to me, how he spent too much money on Christmas.
I am sure life for both of them must have been very hard. Minimal education and working hard to get ahead, a large family that always needed something more. My dad always worked at least two jobs when I was a kid. But I did the same thing, as a single parent it was two or three jobs when I could do it and it never seemed like it was too much.
Must be the quarantine or the social distance from the world that is causing me to be so reflective and missing my dad after all these years. Talk to your kids while you can or more important, listen to them and they will teach you. Hope all you fathers have a great day out there and just love your kids, hug them extra today.