Sunday we stop to honor those men who are responsible for our existence – fathers.
Too often we fail to understand and respect the impact men have in our lives, help mold and shape us into the people we are.
Too often, more so in the past than today, men have been relegated to an inferior position in the child rearing process.
Men have been bread winners and disciplinarians, but not the ones we usually turn to for solace, comfort and support.
Yet, the fathers in our lives are the cornerstone which has formed the building we have become and are becoming. Sometimes that foundation is poured poorly and at other times it has the strength and character of the Rock of Gibraltor.
Therefore, to all the fathers in my life, “Happy Father’s Day!“
Fathers still with me:
Dad – Charles Ivy
Son – David Ivy
Brother – Phillip Ivy Sr.
Nephew – Phillip Ivy Jr.
Nephew – Jeremy Ivy
Nephew – Chance Hollifield
Brother-in-Law – Chad Maxey
Step-Nephew – Steve Smith
Step-Nephew – Jose Valdez
Step-Nephew – Jason Hollifield
Like-a-Father – Bill Large
Those fathers gone to their reward:
Grandfather – Herman Ivy
Grandfather – Luther Powell
Uncle – Allen Powell
Step-Father – Jack Hollifield
Step-Brother – John Hollifield
Uncle – Doyle Harwick
Uncle – Joe Ray
Each of these men in some way have affected my life, whether good, bad or indifferent. Yet each of them holds a place in my heart.
I tip my hat to you and wish you have or find the respect, love and joy that being a father brings.
To all the other fathers out there: Be the man your children need, not necessarily the one they want.
May your day be one of love, joy and peace.