Artist's rendering of me and dad.  Not really, but kind of.  Also, this is probably the perfect gift to get your dad because I'd be willing to bet he loves Star Wars.

Artist's rendering of me and dad. Not really, but kind of. Also, this is probably the perfect gift to get your dad because I'd be willing to bet he loves Star Wars.

June 15th is Father's Day!  You may remember a month ago when I talked about how moms (and, specifically, my mom) are the greatest.  Still 100% true.  Dads are also the greatest, but usually at different stuff.  For instance:

For my entire life, my dad has never had less than two jobs at the same time.  He's not exactly a workaholic, but he's the kind of person who thinks that people should be compensated according to their efforts, so he makes every effort.  My mother has been a full-time parent pretty much since I was born.  And while she babysat and took on foster children to help support our family, my father's work was the backbone of the household.  It's not an unfamiliar story, obviously, so I'm not going to try to amaze you with my parents' (not quite) rags to (not exactly) riches fable.  It's still amazing to me, though, that a man who can probably count on one hand the times he's turned down overtime work (and pay) was never missing from my childhood.  My dad made a point of chaperoning almost every field trip (sometimes embarrassingly well), attending most every sporting event, and in all other ways being a huge part of my life, even though in retrospect it's obvious that my mom did the lion(ness)'s share of the child-rearing proper.  And I have three siblings, so it's not just me.

What I'm trying to say, in short, is that family is really important to me.  Despite the fact that I don't see them every day (even though I live two blocks away), despite the fact that most of the stories that my family tells about me as a kid involve misguidedly high levels of independence, I'm acutely aware that it was and continues to be the support of my parents and the rest of my family that makes me the person I am.  I'm not given to displays (or, really, feelings) of humility, so when I tell you that I can only hope to be the kind of parent my parents are, it's not just hot air.

Father's Day is a great time to think about how much support your father and family have given you, so don't forget to let him and them know that you appreciate it.  It's important, for real.

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