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Why, Dad, Why?

In spite of years of embarrassment, terrible jokes, and questionable dance moves, today we're cracking open a cold one and raising it high to salute our fathers, the most helpless and hapless men we know.
By Nina / Thursday 15 June 2017 15:02 /

Salutations, children of men.

Happy Father's Day!

I have a theory I'd like to put forward, and it is as follows: our lives are separated into two parts based on our perceptions of our dear old dads. In the first part of your life, you valorize your father. He is a god. He can reach all the way up to the top shelf. That's amazing. He's akin to Mr. Fantastic. He is strong, he’s funny, he can throw you way up into the air and then catch you like you're Mary Jane falling from a skyscraper and he's Spiderman. I guess it would've sufficed to say he was pretty a much a superhero in your eyes.

But then something changes, not in him, but in you, and you realize: your dad is no god. He’s nothing more than an overgrown child. He has no idea what he’s doing. He’s just as bad with money as you are and although he may be the size of an adult man, he has the mind of a teenager. And it's not a disappointment at all. It's all too entertaining, even if a bit embarrassing at times.

The following FML selection is dedicated to this image of our fathers—the biggest kids of all. 

ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED.

By yamuda / Wednesday 11 May 2016 23:24 / Ireland - Carlow

 

Here's to you, pops, and to father figures of all kinds. The gramps, the steps, the bilogical, the adopted, the in-laws. You're all rockstars in my eyes. Keep up the great dancing and the even greater jokes.

 

P.s. Special dad day shout out to my very own pop. Love you more than that! And a happy father's day, as well, to a one-of-a-kind step-pop. Not-your-daughter loves you! You guys are the bomb.com.

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By  RichardPencil  |  22

I think you've missed the third phase, and, for some, a fourth phase. The third phase often occurs when you have your own children. Unless your dad was a total bastard, you elevate him to demigod status. A good dad was right almost all of the time. You will remember the outliers, but as you raise your own kid (or kids), you will forgive his screw-ups as you make your own. Some people either get to, or have to, experience the fourth phase with their dads: when your dad becomes a helpless baby on his way to death. As much as I mourn my dad's early and sudden death, one consolation is that I won't have to see him go through this decline. He would have hated that.

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By  RichardPencil  |  22

I think you've missed the third phase, and, for some, a fourth phase. The third phase often occurs when you have your own children. Unless your dad was a total bastard, you elevate him to demigod status. A good dad was right almost all of the time. You will remember the outliers, but as you raise your own kid (or kids), you will forgive his screw-ups as you make your own. Some people either get to, or have to, experience the fourth phase with their dads: when your dad becomes a helpless baby on his way to death. As much as I mourn my dad's early and sudden death, one consolation is that I won't have to see him go through this decline. He would have hated that.

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