Today is Father’s Day

On Father’s Day, we honor the “Tatays”, “Papas”, “Amangs”, “Dads”, and “Itays” in our family. We thank them for their fortitude. We celebrate their perseverance. We admire their humor in the face of all kinds of adversity.

My own father passed on at the age of 75. He lived a full life, with seven children and several grandchildren, and an entire country to serve. His legacy lives on as our nation continues to rely – perhaps too much — on overseas employment and on the institutions that he was able to father — OWWA, the POEA, NLRC, and the old NMYC which is now known as TESDA.

One of my deepest regrets as his daughter was that I was not there to hold his hand, and comfort him when he died on the carpeted floor of a moving plane. I was not there to say goodbye. I am sure though that my father knew how much I loved and admired him. I still talk to him by his grave, and in my mind, and sometimes through posts such as this, to extend that love beyond earth’s boundaries.

So on this Father’s Day, I hope that children would hold on tightly to their father’s hand, look up to him, and in a variety of ways, express their love and gratitude. Fathers are hardly without fault. Some drink too much, some are too lazy, and I know of fathers who are infidels to their wedding vows. But fathers love their children though some may find it difficult to physically express such love.

On Father’s Day, try to get to know more about the enigma that is your father. Treat him to an experience that would prod him to let go, be young again, be silly. Make him a gift if the budget is wanting – a card, a CD of old songs, a dyed shirt, or a PowerPoint of family photos. Have lunch or dinner with him.

Tell him that you love him. Because you do. And because today is Father’s Day, you have every reason to relish the curve of his smile, and the twinkle in his eyes. God bless all the fathers in the world!

Author: Susan Ople

Susan "Toots" Ople is the President of the Blas F. Ople Policy and Training Institute. She's an OFW and labor advocate based in the Philippines.

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