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To all the dads

June 19, 2011
By John Sheda
“Anyone can be a father, but it takes a really special man to be a dad.”

 Happy Father’s Day to all you dads out there. Our day is this Sunday, June 19.  Yepper, a day entirely devoted to “Dads.” Golf! Fish! Barbecue! And “take a nap.” No honey-do list! No lawn mowing!  No oil changes! Nope....just a day, 24 hours set aside for all the dads of the world. And to top it all off............this column is dedicated to YOU, the Dad, the Father, the Old Man. So sit back and enjoy. 

 We begin the column about dads with a few “Father’s Day” quotes. 

 • One Dad equals a hundred schoolmasters. (Old English Proverb).

• “When I was a boy of 14, my dad was just about the dumbest man I ever knew. At 21, I was amazed how smart he became in just seven years.” (Mark Twain).

• How can you tell a Dad? Well, he carries pictures of his kids where he used to carry his money.

• Fathers are forced to endure the pain of childbirth without any anesthetic. 

• Fathers never feel worthy of the worship he has in his child’s eyes. He never is quite the hero his daughter thinks him to be and he certainly never is quite the man his son believes he is....and this at times worries him.

Time is an interesting phenonomen. It seems like it is just standing still and will last forever. Which is why procrastination is so popular. We always have tomorrow to do it. But before you know it, time has gone from minutes to hours to days.....and then to years. Yes, years.

 I am sometimes absolutely amazed that I have daughters who are now about the same age I am. My little girls should only be about 12, 9 and 6.....but today, they’re 34, 30 and 28!!  Gulp!  Where in the world did the time go? I remember going to ball games and watching my girls play volleyball and softball, playing in band concerts and having all their friends spending the night. Last night, I attended my Grand-Daughter’s ball game. Wearing the same uniform my girls used to wear. At least it looked the same. And, yes, a little tear flowed down my cheek. A tear of pride seeing my daughter’s offspring playing ball and a tear of reflection of time that has passed. With the excpetion of pictures and memories. I leave you today with this song entitled...

 Cat’s in the Cradle

(Author Unknown)

My child arrived just the other day,

He came to the world in the usual way.

But there were planes to catch and bills to pay,

He learned to walk while I was away;

And he was talkin’ ‘fore I knew it,

And as he grew he’d say, “I’m gonna be like you, Dad,

You know I’m gonna be like you.”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon.

“When ya comin’ home, Dad?” “I don’t know when,

But we’ll get together then,

You know we’ll have a good time then.”

My son turned ten just the other day,

He said, “Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play.

Can you teach me to throw? “I said, “Not today, I got a lot to do.”

He said, “That s okay.” And he walked away, but his smile never dimmed,

It said. “I’m gonna be like him, yeah, You know I’m gonna be like him.”

Well, he came from college just the other day,

So much like a man, l just had to say, “

Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for awhile?”

He shook his head and he said with a smile.

“What I’d really like Dad, is to borrow the car keys.

See you later, can I have them please?”

I’ve long since retired, my sons moved away.

I called him up just the other day. I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind.

“He said, “I’d love to, Dad, if can find the time.

You see, my new jobs a hassle and the kids have the flu,

But it’s sure nice talkin’ to you, Dad, It’s been sure nice talkin’ to you.”

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me,

He’d grown up just like me, my boy was just like me.

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon,

Little boy blue and the man in the moon. “When you comin’ home, Son?”

“I don’t know when, But we’ll get together then, Dad, We’re gonna have a good time then.”

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there.....That’s The Way I See It.....Email me at and let me know how you see it.

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