Firstly, I had no father to celebrate when I was a wee lad.
Young boys growing up without a dad miss out on so many experiences that contribute to a healthy upbringing. I was no exception.
And what makes it harder to accept is that it didn’t have to be that way; he chose for it to be that way. All these years later I still bear that scar. It’s a wound that time has never healed and the weight of which my own wife and children have no idea that I carry.
Secondly, for me this day shines a light on my failures as a father, laying them bare and raw.
Today I will receive accolades and handmade cards with misspelled words telling me I’m the best dad in the world. But the truth is, I know I’m not . . . not even close . . . and that pains me terribly.
So today, while my family showers me with flowery platitudes, I will be troubled inside. I will be wishing I could be a better father and husband, and wondering if I would have been, if only my dad had stuck around to be that example.
Today, more than any other, I will be reminded that if I was half the dad my kids thought I was, I’d be doing all right.
For everyone else . . . Happy Father’s Day.
Even if you’re not a fan of country music, if you’re a fan of dads, you’ll find many treasures below.
Some of these songs are old, some are new; some are about happy times, some are about regrettable times; some are about adoption, some are about loss, some are upbeat and will put a smile on your face, some will tear your heart out and leave you reaching for a tissue.
Happy Father’s Day to all those dads who got it right, and even those who didn’t.
20 – The Dollar
19 – Till I Was a Daddy Too
18 – Walk a Little Straighter
17 – The Greatest Man I Never Knew
16 – He Walked on Water
15 – Who’s That Man?
14 – It Won’t Be Like this for Long
13 – My Front Porch Looking In
12 – Just Another Day in Paradise
11 – You’re Gonna Miss This
10 – Just Fishin’
09 – I Loved Her First
08 – Wish I Could’ve Been There
07 – Daddy Let Me Drive
06 – He Didn’t Have to Be
05 – Best Day of My Life:
04 – Watching You
03 – Cinderella
Steven Curtis Chapman
02 -The Car
01 – There Goes My Life