I was not close to my father as I was with my mother. It was because of the strictness, the fear I had for him. But to me, he was our pillar of strength, the man of the house.
His word was law, it could not be broken, and I cowered in fear whenever he gave “commands.” He was a man of few words, but he had a soft heart too. That was how I remembered my father when he was still with us. I was still in college when he departed, while my mother passed away in October 2011.
I would not dwell much on my memories of my father. He was good, he was kind, he was strict, and he was not like the present-day father who showed his love for his children as fathers do today. He was of the conservative type who will not speak of how he loved his children. He just did it by being a good father.
On Father’s Day, I just wish every ideal father all the best. You deserve all the accolade for a job well done for your families. But I could not but compare you to other fathers who had gone astray. I had seen the effects of leaving your families and chose to be with other women of your choice. I have two friends who are now struggling to keep their children alive by doing odd jobs because the man of the house flew out of the nest. They are selfish fathers, they only think of themselves, disregarding the future of their children.
On Father’s Day, may they be enlightened and go back to their homes, to make it strong again, to make it complete.
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