Father’s Day is June 21st. As the world begins to reopen, it’s likely that some of us who aren’t already quarantining with our fathers will get together to celebrate. Some of the top gifts this year are books, a delicious brunch or grilling, and new home and tech gadgets. Clothes and footwear are still in – ties are still out. Then there are the dads who say they don’t want anything. They do – they want our love and appreciation. For many of us, our fathers have shown us how a thousand times.  

“A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you. 

—Dimitri the Stoneheart

Fathers Bring Out the Best in Us

Fathers are often the first people to help us believe in ourselves. They have confidence in our abilities – to take off the training wheels, to perform the solo at the school concert, to drive, to land the job, to accomplish whatever we set out to do.

“There will always be a few people who have the courage to love what is untamed inside us. One of those men is my father.” 

—Alison Lohman

 Dads Who Can’t Be with Their Kids

Whether they’re on the space station, like Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley, a doctor who can’t come home to his kids right now, or a deployed soldier, Father’s Day is hardest for those fathers who can’t be with their kids.

“When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” 

—Linda Poindexter

Stepdads and Father Figures

You don’t have to be biologically related to play a fatherly role in a person’s life. This day is for those heroes, too.

“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers and singers of song.”



Most dads start worrying about how to care for and protect their baby from the minute they find out they’ll be a dad. This Father’s Day is for the men preparing to be dads right now.

“Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” 


All Dads

To all dads and the people celebrating you, Happy Father’s Day!

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