Allow good fathers to enjoy their Father's Day

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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Dear Editor,

Father's Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. Some, however, seem to think the day is meaningless; so, for them, it passes unnoticed.

On this day more than ever women tend to speak out about “deadbeat dads” and “sperm donors”, but what about all the fathers who have been thrown into situations they did not want or expect, and have turned their lives around and have done the best they can for their children?

It sometimes pains my heart at the different comments on Father's Day. Both mothers and fathers across the world have not lived up to their responsibilities as mother and father figures. This is nothing new, it has been happening for ages, and it is something that is very popular in Jamaica.

Nonetheless, it is disturbing to see mothers posting on social media, wishing themselves Happy Father's Day. A woman, no matter how much she has done for her child on her own, will never be a father; what it makes her is a single mother, and that's it. The same goes for a man who raised his child/children on his own; he will just be a single father.

Does this mean that on Mother's Day we should celebrate those single fathers? It happens, too, where mothers just up and leave and fathers have been thrown into situations and so they will stick around and do their best.

Father's Day is a day to celebrate those fathers near and far. It is a day when we remember getting our first spanking from our daddy. It is a day we remember how rough our father was, but he was all that and more because he wanted the best for us. He was all that because that's all he knew.

Let us celebrate those who are more than sperm donors and encourage those who have walked out, that it is never too late; they still can make a difference in the lives of their children.

I know many great men who have never neglected their roles as fathers. They should be respected and acknowledged. Too bad there are those amongst us who would never stand up to their responsibilities. But such is life; there is good and bad in everything. But do not overshadow the focus of the day.

Nickoy Brown

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