On Sunday 17th June sees the celebration of Fathers Day in the UK.
Dad's lead by example and impart wisdom on how to get through life the best way they know how. They make us laugh, they make us proud. Fathers give us comfort when we're down or scared, and sometimes they give us gifts when we least expect it. Most of all they give us memories both heartwarming and hilarious that stick in our hearts, even if they are no longer with us. So we've been searching for stories that typify the attributes of good "fatherhood".
The first story comes from the US.
My Dad died unexpectedly at age 78, leaving our family heartbroken. During the funeral, my sister felt her phone vibrate in her handbag. She was a little surprised that someone would be calling her, knowing she was at Dad's funeral. Afterwards, she found there was a message: "Hi, this is your dad", said the male voice. "I wanted to let you know I made it home". The caller obviously had the wrong number, but the message was clear. My dad had completed his journey to heaven and wanted us to know. Great communication from dad as always. Thanks, Dad - until we meet again.
- Nancy Perkins.
Our next story comes from Mexico.
The little Cessna has just cleared the pattern in its climb to 1,500 feet when my Dad said: "Ok we can land now". With my newly minted private pilots' license in hand, I had wanted him to be my first non-instructor passenger. I'd planned to circle my university campus and come back to the university-owned airport. I reminded him of this and I'll never forget what Dad said more than 40 years ago. "I'm not fond of small planes, I just wanted you to know that I have every confidence in you".
- Kay Lockridge.
Our last story from the UK.
There is so much to love about my Dad, but I think what I love most is his sense of humour. I still remember him answering the phone at home by saying "Bristol Zoo" The person on the other end was inevitably confused, sometimes hung up and he laughed hysterically every single time!
- R Brown.
Father's Day will give everyone the opportunity to remember their Dad, to call their Dad, to go and see their Dad and maybe even to treat their Dad. Sending love to all Dad's around the world from The Slipper Box.