What is greater than watching your husband love your children? With all the horrible stories there are about fathers leaving families, breaking hearts and hurting the ones they love, it is important to recognise the good guys out there. The bad stories are everywhere, sadly, and you can’t get away from them some days. But there are so many wonderful men who don’t hurt but love their families with everything they have. The dads who love their children with all their heart and spend all their time trying to make their lives better. The dads who are selfless with their love, the ones who don’t care who’s watching as they take part in a tea party with their daughters – complete with fairy wings and nail polish. The fathers who care about where their children are and what they are doing online.
The ones who want to keep their children’s hearts uninjured and their eyes dry. The dads who try to learn all the lyrics to Taylor Swift songs, just so they can impress their teenagers and the ones standing together in a huddle at the back of her concerts, just nodding at each other with sympathetic eyes. The dads struggling to figure out how the hell to play Minecraft. The ones getting up early on a Saturday morning to coach soccer, AFL, footy or netball, even though they’ve had the week from hell. The dads who would do anything to make their child smile after they fall off their bike, including falling off their bike to make it all seem OK.
The men who walk proudly with their children on their shoulders and don’t complain as ice cream drips on their head. The dads cramming their six-foot bodies into amusement park rides that are clearly made for under 5s. The ones who spend all Christmas Eve putting together bikes/trampolines/Lego/doll houses. The man who teach their boys how important their mothers are, or how precious their sisters are, and how girls are “like glass”. The ones who can’t hide their proud tears as their little ballerina twirls and giggles.
They are the ones we should feature on the front pages of our newspapers. They are the ones that current affair shows should feature. They are the ones teaching important lessons that will be carried on to our next generation. They are the dads whose names we should know.