Every man can father a child, but not every man can be a father.
A father is about setting an example of what life should be about.
A good father works to provide for his family.
A good father shares the triumphs of his children with joy.
A good father tries to soothe the defeats of his children with just the right words while trying to be sure every defeat carries in it a life lesson of some importance.
A good father stands ever ready to fight to protect his children, but stands firm in the knowledge that, sometimes, his children need a correction to set them on the right path.
All of that means that a good father will not always be a warm, cuddly being, and can seem harsh, a tough taskmaster.
A child might not realize that for many years, but children should know that a good father always acts out of love, out of his dreams for the future for his children. No real father wants his children to grow up directionless, rudderless and without some moral foundation to help them navigate their way through a world that can often be cruel.
We hope that you have a father who fits that description.
Remember, he's only human and mistakes are part of the deal with any human.
If your father is living at home or nearby, make his day special.
And if your father is far away, pick up the phone today and let him know what he has meant to you.
That's the best Father's Day present any dad can receive from his children.
Happy Father's Day.