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Editorial: Father's Day
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Tomorrow we celebrate the person in our lives who can evoke many feelings, good or bad, depending on your relationship.

There’s no question that the spiritual connection mothers share with their children is a gift from God. Dads have to work a little harder to recreate that same God-given bond.

A good deal of us grew up in an age where our iconic vision of a Dad was what we saw every week on the Father Knows Best television series. Actually the father character in Father Knows Best was more myth than truth.

Many of us had dads as we grew up who went to work every day — some working at least two jobs — while mom stayed home and took care of the house and the kids. That was tradition.

If you were fortunate to have a dad who took the time to play catch with you or take you fishing, that was a major blessing. As we grew older, most of us began to understand and respect our dads for instilling in us a work ethic, a sense of stability and an appreciation of the strength that he brought to the family structure.

Unfortunately because of economic and social pressures of everyday life, that’s not the case in many homes today and many single parents struggle to play both roles.

But there are still many fathers who step up to the plate and do a wonderful job to be there for their kids, whatever else might be going on. And many father figures didn't start out raising a child, who may not biologically be their own but they now call their son or daughter. But with time and love, they became the rock and counselor that every child so desperately needs. 

If you are fortunate enough to have a dad who took the time to  counsel, play and support you through the good times and the bad, you indeed have a dad who deserves to be honored on this special day.

To all the fathers and father-figures, Happy Father’s Day. Thank you for bringing stability and a special strong love to our lives.