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Pots and Pans
Friday, June 15, 2012
A LESS celebrated day than mother’s day, Father’s Day is equally important. For a family to be complete, there should be a dad, a mom and kids. Well, that’s the way it should be.
Dads are born to provide in all aspects. The working force is always the father, but again, time had changed. Now, we see a lot of working moms. Or even, working moms and dads.
To a growing family, both parents are equally important. Seeking greener pastures, giving our family a better future with better education, we all have to sacrifice one way or the other.
My father was a salesman when we were in Manila way, way back. That was the time when a mother was to stay home and take care of the children. And that was the norm.
And I am sure most of us had those experiences in the 60’s and maybe until the early 80’s.
Time has changed and becoming a father myself, I can see the struggles of my dad. And I now fully understand. It wasn’t easy. But that is our role for our family.
What I can remember of my dad were those times when we would go out on Sundays for our “family” day after attending the Holy Mass. Luneta Park was the only place to be, enjoying the “fresh” air and the greenery. With a little walk, we would be along Roxas Boulevard (which used to be called Dewey Boulevard) and savor the fresh sea air from Manila Bay.
There were virtually no shopping areas or malls then, so it was always nature. Sometimes, we would go for a drive visiting relatives around Metro Manila. And kids, we always look forward to being with our cousins.
And if budget permits, it would be a Sunday brunch or lunch, either at Aristocrat Restaurant or Savory Restaurant. It was a real treat for all of us. Sometimes, it will be in a little restaurant along Ongpin Street. Authentic Chinese food and dimsum, siopao, siomai, noodle soups. What a life!
Fathers are usually away from home the whole day, depending on their jobs. That is why the only thing that brightens our day is when we get home to be with our family. Seeing our kids grow up, studying and taking care of themselves well.
Simple things, simple gestures, a hug, a little thank you mean a lot. So, on this Father’s Day, and all the days throughout the year, treat him well.
According to studies, men as compared to women in general appreciate simple things in life. So, a little note of thanks, a little token would do. Unless one wants to give something big as a sign of appreciation to their father. Remember, like mom, you only have one father.
Love them. Take care of them. Be nice to them. Enjoy the moment with them. And before you know it, you would become a father yourself. And the cycle continues.
To my Dad up there watching over us, thanks for everything. We miss you.
And to all the wonderful fathers out there, a Happy Dad’s Day to all!
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 15, 2012.