Father’s Day a chance to reflect on father’s important role in life

The physical act of creating a child, for some, can be an easy thing. But raising that child is an act that requires great care, deep thought, patience and a lot of love. That’s the difference between a man who has simply sired a child, and one that put in the time and effort to earn the title of father.

Whether you enjoy doting dad with gifts, or strictly abhor the commercialization of the whole thing, Father’s Day is often associated with buying something for the old man.

Either way you look at it, we believe today is an appropriate time to reflect on what it means to be a father, and to show our gratitude and respect for all the fathers out there who have had a positive impact on our lives.

Since it was formally recognized as a national holiday in 1972, Father’s Day has spurred some economic activity we feel it important to note, as well. Americans this year are expected to spend a record amount of money on old men.

Projections included in a survey commissioned by a retailers trade group say total spending could reach $15.5 billion, the highest the National Retail Federation has seen since it began the annual survey 15 years ago.

A good portion of that multibillion dollar bucket, or about $3.3 billion, will go toward treating dad to a special outing, such as dinner or brunch, according to the study. Clothing, as well as gift certificates, were each $2.2 billion categories, while consumer electronics or computer related accessories was at roughly $1.8 billion.

Whether buying dad a gift or just enjoying each other’s company through some common interest, take a little time today to consider what being a father actually means to you.

In our opinion, being a father is about more than just paying the bills and putting food on the table, though that certainly can be a part of it.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes multiple definitions of the word, one of which is “a man who is thought of as being like a father.”

An interpretation of that could lead to the conclusion that a man need not not necessarily be a blood relative to be considered a father, but instead he could be seen as more of a “father figure.”

In reality, a father is likely many things all at once, and the word, we would argue, takes on a unique meaning for each of us.

By one understanding or another, we all have, or have had, fathers in our lives. Some of them are outstanding positive role models and provide an endless supply of love and support or guidance. Others, perhaps, are a little rougher around the edges.

But what it comes down to is the way our fathers and other role models have influenced our lives and helped to shape us into the people we are today.

A child’s approach to life and the choices he or she makes may be greatly influenced by family, and there’s no denying how children often model behaviors after their parents.

We should all strive to be better people, and when the dads out there — and moms, for that matter — lead by example, there’s a chance the next generation will follow in their footsteps.

Thanks to the fathers who have started their children down the right path.