The man of the hour, flanked by 4th Brother (standing), Mom on Dad’s right, me on his left, and Mahal shooting the selfie. Happy Fathers’ Day to all fathers and father figures!
COMPARED TO the mother’s biological tasks related to babymaking, the father’s involvement is a breeze. Literally, we only need to work (if you can call it work) for a few minutes if at all. The rest of the job, lasting at least 36 weeks and 9 months max, belongs to our noble mothers.
But that doesn’t make our responsibilities any less when it comes to our offspring. Almost universally across all cultures, fathers provide, nurture, inspire, educate, and act as our first role models. Plus, we should be ready to wash the dishes and be ready for carpooling to school and PTA meetings when the primary parent (Mom) is unavailable.
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My father stayed with the script, and more. He was always ready to spend time and just have fun with us, if not after school, then on rest days and weekends. He wasn’t an all-star playing coach for pickup basketball, but had more than enough time for us for Saturday trips to Chinatown and Sunday fun runs astride Manila Bay.
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Dad has slowed down now, but his mind is as clear as the day his firstborn arrived. He no longer takes his long walks but tight skirts and long legs still bring a twinkle to his eye.
He enjoys being pampered by his wife, albeit with the inevitable scolding if ever he indulges in his minor vices. But the thing he enjoys most is that anytime he summons his sons scattered across the seven seas, they will show up (via Skype or FaceTime), and that every now and then the latter still seek his timeless counsel and wisdom.
Including of course, how to catch the eye of those leggy mini-skirts (just kidding, Mom!).
Thanks for everything Dad. Happy Father’s Day, and mabuhay to all fathers!