It's nearly Father's Day! It's on Sunday June 21st! I thought I'd kick off celebrations a little early by showing a couple of of illustrations that I've found from around the web, that I think say "fatherhood" quite nicely.
I should point out that while I live with a mum, I don't have any children myself, so I may be quite wide of the mark as to what fatherhood actually is. I know what a father feels like as a son, but I don't yet, and may never know what being a father feels like. Maybe I should start deciding what kind of dad I would like to be for if that day comes...
From where I stand now, though, it seems that fatherhood is about love, about teaching, about protection, and about respect. To me, a dad should be someone to look up to - someone who does what's right, not what's easy.
I'm very lucky to have had a dad when I was growing up who showed me all of these things, and who is now a friend who continues to show me these things.
To all those great dads, both those with us and those remembered, and to those sons and daughters thus squired... Happy Father's Day!
Read on for the illustrations...
The last picture I want to leave you with is actually a comic strip. It's from the webcomic called "Lunar Babboon" which is drawn by... someone.
I've been following this webcomic for a few months now since I stumbled across it somehow, but I can't actually find the artist's name!
If you've never seen it before, it's a lovely comic that very often touches on fatherhood, family, and values and comes across as rather truthful and touching. There were many comics I could have picked for here, but this one, called "Regret" always stuck in my head.
We've all been there - we've said something and instatntly regretted it. I can only imagine how awful that must feel when it's your own child you're regretting saying that thing to.
Dad's aren't perfect. They don't always get it right. Mine didn't and neither did yours. But the good ones can know this, and strive to do better for you next time.
And of course, if you're after a Father's Day card, you can get one of those from me, here!
Here's my Pinterest board to these and other illustrations of "fatherhood" I've found around the web:
What are your thoughts on any of these pictures or on fatherhood?
If you've any images yourself that you've created, or have, or have found that represent fatherhood to you, I'd love to see them!
Please share them via the comments!