In Honor of Fathers

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    Jun 20, 2010 4:39 AM GMT
    My parents were divorced before I was 2 years old and he died when I was 13 so I never knew him. But over the years, there have been other men who have given me advise and wisdom. To these men, I owe a debt I can never repay. So on this Father's Day, I honor and pay tribute to the natural fathers, but also to the stepfathers, adoptive fathers, foster fathers, uncles, grandfathers, brothers and mentors who fill that capacity in our lives.

    And a very special Happy Father's Day shoutout to all the dads here on Real Jock!

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    Jun 20, 2010 5:12 AM GMT
    My biological father left my biological mother standing at the alter...totally flaked on the wedding and they haven't seen each other since. Due to which, I was put up for adoption at birth (met biological mother when I was 31 and she told me all about it).

    My adopted father never accepted my gayness, and never really exhibited the love that fathers "should" have even before I came out to him. And even though I'm glad he's gone (died in Nov '94), I still like father's day because my nephew thinks of me as the father he never had...pretty much raised him myself, with much more love than what I was shown. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 20, 2010 5:14 AM GMT
    paulflexes said I still like father's day because my nephew thinks of me as the father he never had...pretty much raised him myself, with much more love than what I was shown. icon_smile.gif



    And isn't that what Father's day is truly about?
  • Webster666

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    Jun 20, 2010 5:27 AM GMT
    My father was a spoiled rotten, only child.
    He married late in life and had 3 kids.
    I was the troubled middle child. LOL.
    He used to read a lot.
    He died many years ago.
    I don't remember him actually teaching me anything,
    but I learned a few good things from his example.
  • Midas426

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    Jun 20, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
    I'm in Detroit this weekend visiting my parents, particularly to spend time with my Dad for Father's Day. I don't get to see my parents a lot so when I do visit I try to spend quality time with them.

    My Dad turned 80 earlier this year so it's become even more important to spend time with him. He's made so many sacrifices in his life to make sure my sisters and me had what we needed. Sometimes he was very strict but in retrospect he was doing the best he could with limited resources. Sometimes he may have done or said the wrong things but I know now that his intentions were good.

    I just really appreciate having him in my life and I hope if I ever have kids (I still want to...just have to figure out how to go about doing it), I hope I can be as good of a father as he was for me.

    Happy Father's Day to my Dad and all the other Dads out there.
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    Jun 20, 2010 5:40 AM GMT
    My father was an awful person. I'm glad he died because them my mom married my stepfather, and he is awesome
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    Jun 20, 2010 7:36 AM GMT
    My father is amazing and has always been. I will cherish my day tomorrow celebrating him and every day after that as I always do.
  • calibro

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    Jun 20, 2010 7:53 AM GMT
    i'm not really sure how to live in a world without my dad and i'm really thankful i still have him around
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    Jun 20, 2010 12:45 PM GMT
    Is it wrong that I am thinking more about my grandfathers than my father today? Especially my father's father.... I wrote in another thread that I would be grateful to have dinner with him because I have so many questions about my dad that I would be grateful to have answered.
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    Jun 20, 2010 12:57 PM GMT
    No matter if I am gay or not, my father would always love. I wish all fathers in general "Happy Father's day.
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    Jun 20, 2010 2:02 PM GMT


    To our Daddies. They gave us the best advice they could (not knowing we were gay, lol)

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    Jun 20, 2010 2:09 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidMy father was an awful person. I'm glad he died because them my mom married my stepfather, and he is awesome
    EXACTLY the same for me.. I hope my 'father' rots in his grave..

    however my real "dad" (my stepfather) is always with me in spirit and thoughts!
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    Jun 20, 2010 3:45 PM GMT
    well, happy father's day to all the "good" dads and surrogate dads .

    mine's dead , he was ok, did the best he could managed.
    we had conflicts but i blame myself more than him .
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    Jun 20, 2010 3:48 PM GMT
    xassantex saidwell, happy father's day to all the "good" dads and surrogate dads .


    agreed!
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    Jun 20, 2010 4:55 PM GMT
    Never knew my father but I will use the opportunity to thank my grandpa...
    He's always so patient, objective, thinks fast, very hard worker. He may have an opinion or prejudice but he'll keep it to himself, and I don't know how would I ever live without his irritatingly funny jokes.
    I haven't met another person with as much self-control and compassion; throughout my life we had only on argument once which he wrapped it up very quickly... aaaand I should definately go make him something special, cheers ;)