This short video introduces us to Bill, a husband and father who exhibits qualities that many fear are disappearing from among the fathers of today’s world. Among other things, Bill:
- was pegged by his future father-in-law as one who would unfailingly provide for his wife and family
- turned down the opportunity to leave when his wife was diagnosed with the incurable crippler multiple sclerosis
- refused institutionalization for a long awaited son born with Downs Syndrome – a son who went on to experience a rich childhood and adolescence with his parents and siblings
- collected discarded coins and used them to finance annual family trips to Disneyland for 34+ years
- is greatly loved by his wife and now grown children
- loves and thanks God for the opportunity to be a father
Others writing in the Bloggernacle this weekend assure us that Bill’s wonderful example is not unique, but that committed and quality fatherhood – while not as widespread as society desperately needs it to be – is nonetheless alive and well.
Darla Isackson, writing in Friday’s Meridian Magazine, says “I marvel as I watch this generation of young fathers coming home from demanding jobs to willingly change diapers, help with housework, and be a fully participating partner in raising children. I marvel at older dads who stay close to their children, and spend countless hours in church service helping other people’s children… On Father’s Day this year I hope each of us will give our dad’s a break—honor them for the good in their lives, recognize the obstacles in their paths and give them credit for the ones they’ve overcome. I hope we’ll admire and praise them for every effort to preside, provide, and protect in a society that makes it increasingly difficult to do so.”
And Mormon Times columnist Becky Thomas tells us how her father, a man “with an unmistakable glow about him,” has been the special man in her life for more than 40 years– a warm and charming read on this Fathers Day.