June 16, 2011

Father's Day...thanking dad's of all kinds

This Sunday we celebrate dads of many types--there are dads who are finished raising their kids, dads who have stepchildren, dads who no longer have their children through divorce or death, and dads who are also mothers.

My friend, Jeff, is a law enforcement officer who has full custody of his kids and he is a terrific, single dad.  Their mom is still living, but she has some problems that keep her from parenting. I admire Jeff so much because he works to protect our streets from drunk drivers and other criminals, but he manages to work in quality time with his son and daughter.

I think of the lost opportunity to ever really get to know my dad who died of a heart attack at age 43--I was only 11 years old.  I think of my daughter who never got to know her daddy Mike because a drunk driver killed him when she was an 8 month old infant.  Both of these situations are terrible, but they are not uncommon.  Many, many dads never really get to be dads for very long either because of the choices they make or the choices that others make.

This Father's Day, I celebrate all of you dads who belong to MADD because of the death of your child(ren), spouse, significant other, mother, dad or someone else you love.  Thank you for being mothers--Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  You are all helping us work to reach our vision--a nation without drunk driving.

Happy Father's Day!


Mona said...

Good message! in your post.

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Anonymous said...

I don't know if he needs to spend the rest of his life in jail, he definitely needs some kind of a wake-up call, maybe years because he's ultimately going to kill himself or kill somebody,
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