“Even dogs have sex.” I remember hearing that from a woman while I coached her young sons in swimming. She wasÂ in her mid-thirties. I was about 18 at the time and she was addressing one of her young teenage sons with that piece of motherly advice. It meant nothing to me then, but boy was she right.
Now, nearly 40 years later, she has become a patient of mine and she and her husband have successfully raised two wonderful sons. They are now reaping the rewards of grandchildren for not having killed their own children.
Fatherhood is far more than the act of producing children. Don’t you wish that our society understood that simple concept. Many of the societal problems we face in our country today stem from the lack of true fathers.
According to the authorities, most of the prisoners that fill our jails come from homes where there was an absent father. The far majority of births in our country today are from unwed couples where the father will ultimately be absent in the child’s future.
My father has passed. But I remember the love and encouragement he poured out to me and my siblings and the sacrifices he made to be more than just a progenitor. He was a trueÂ example of fatherhood by providing all our needs, disciplining when necessary, and sacrificially loving our family above allÂ else.
Happy Father’s Day.