Being a father by marriage makes me none the less a father. I have the same worries, the same hopes, the same love. I've claimed them as my own. I wish each and every father out there a happy fathers day. It is the most important responsibility you will ever have.
I'm so proud of how president Obama is such a shining example of fatherhood. His committment and love for his two girls should be emulated by all fathers. Thank God he isn't the only example. There are millions all over the world. We always here about the men that choose not to be fathers but we must never forget those that do. You are that shining light, ray of hope, bastion of opportunity for the future of your precious children.
My father has long passed but I never forget the love and life he gave me. I still remeber him getting up early in the morning to make breakfast for me when I got my first teaching job just because he cared. When ever I hear people complain ablot their fathers I want to say, "they won't be here forever so enjoy them while you can. I always loved my father but I could have done a much better job in expressing that love.
I would ask fathers who are estranged from their children for what ever reason to let go of the barriers, re-connect and heal the wounds that are hurting you and your children. I know that this won't be easy but consider the benefit.
I' just wanted to share some of my feelings about fatherhood with my fellow Kossacks on this glorious father's day.