This is one of those days when I find myself sitting in front of my computer, staring at the screen like forever, wondering how to pencil down my thoughts and wondering what my thoughts were anyway. Maybe it’s because I enjoyed myself and ate so much on Fathers’ day yesterday, forcing the food to fill up all the crevices, nooks and crannies of my belly. Right now, I feel like there’s a vacuum where my brain used to be or maybe it not a vacuum (nature abhors a vacuum), it must have been filled up with food right now, you know rice, salad, plenty chicken, moi-moi, drinks, wine, etc (hope someone is not salivating already).
Anyway, so it was father’s day yesterday; the day we remembered how important our fathers are to us, the day we sent a silent word of thanks to God for keeping them alive, the day we watched them behave like boys again while celebrating the one thing that separates them from who they were eons ago (fatherhood), the day they were reminded of their responsibility as the CEO in the family. How can I forget to mention the silent directors (or what we call ‘shadow directors’ in my field) who have been the secret behind their present success, who cheered them up to success and provided stability for them, who were active participants in the procedure that brought us into existence, who stood by them when the going was good and got going with them when the going was tough. What about the shareholders like us who gave them a bit of trouble in childhood and made them proud as adults, who brought tears to their eyes both in exasperation and in joy, who fulfilled their dreams of leaving a legacy when they’re gone, hmmm the list is endless.
Well, what I am trying to say is, fathers’ day was a day of happiness and joyful reflections. It doesn’t matter that you were not together with your family, it doesn’t matter how your father treated you in the past, it doesn’t matter that your pocket was too tight to appreciate your childhood hero, it still doesn’t matter that you have never seen or visited for a long time. What matters is that you appreciate the significance of the day. Take time today to reflect on those priceless moments you spent listening to his words of wisdom, when you were innocently confident in his love and care for you, when you were idolizing him and wishing you could meet a man like your father (even though you’ve grown older and realized that he is not the idol you thought he was), and basking in the assurance of safety in his strong arms.
Now take time to remember the father who promised that even if your earthly parents abandon you, he never will. The eternal father that cares for you even more than you care about yourself. When you do this, you will realize that you are truly blessed.
Happy father’s day to all the beautiful, wonderful, excellent….. fathers on earth! You are truly irreplaceable! And many hearty cheers to the mothers who made them what them what they are today!
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