While I was contemplating what to post on Father’s Day, I had an interesting conversation with my husband and girls on the phone. (I am working today and I am writing this on my lunch break.)
Neither my husband nor I grew up with much fanfare around Father’s Day.
Both my parents believed that everyday was Father’s and Mother’s Day. My mother-in-law (A”H), however, LOVED Mother’s Day.
So, I asked my husband, Yaffa and Raizel, “why do you think that Mother’s Day was so important to Grandma, and Father’s Day was not so important to Grandpa?”
Raizel’s interesting response was “because Grandpa loved Grandma.”
It was almost like she intuited this quote:
My husband’s response was interesting: “because fathers do not need the same things as mothers. Mothers need more acknowledgement for what they do.”
Hmmmmm…….. It made me think that perhaps there was some merit to Freud’s statement, “biology is destiny?”
Clearly mothering and fathering cannot be limited by biology.
Traditionally, men are the initiators and providers and women are the nurturers and builders. However, I believe that anyone who nurtures and provides for the growth and development of another is both a mother and a father.
Raizel, my little cutie ended the call saying, “Happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to both of you!”
I laughed. I couldn’t have said it better myself!
On a more personal note, my father (A”H) was an extraordinary person. I want to take this time to say, “Thank you Dad for everything! I am truly blessed to have you as my father.”
Just for fun, I also thought I would share this funny picture that a friend sent me:
Happy Father’s Day to everyone who creates and initiates and provides for the growth and well-being of others!”
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