It's Father's Day today.

@hdjohnson (2981)
United States
June 19, 2011 9:40am CST
I am a father of 3 of the most thoughtful and wonderful kids in the whole world. Yes, I am being biased, but if you met my kids, you'd soon agree with me. Today for Fathers Day, my wife is out of town, so my kids have gotten up, made me breakfast, gave me hugs, and some truly original homemade Father's Day cards. Believe me when I say, if I was a cryer, I would be shedding tears. They are so creatively funny, original and right on target! I am amazed at them. I can't wait to witness what they will be like when they have families of their own. For the discussion part of this post. Are you a father? If so, how do you plan on spending your day today? If you're not a father, what are your plans for spending time with your DaD today? My kids and I are going to go to the park, and play with their bubble machine and I'll get to watch them play on the playground! Boy I sure do love these young years with them.
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@edsss17 (4396)
• Philippines
19 Jun 11
Hi hdjohnson, Happy Father's day to you. Today is a very special day today for all fathers. Unfortunately, I forgot to give my hand-written letter to my Dad first thing in the morning since I was rushing to school. (Yes we have schools on Sunday ) and when I get home, Dad is not there, he's out! I feel asleep and when I woke up and look for him, he's already sleeping. I feel so useless! But, I still want to give my letter to him tomorrow morning.. Do you think he'll like it? I hope he will! I hope you'll have a good day with your kids! :)
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
20 Jun 11
Turn that frown rightside UP! I'm sure your dad knows you love him even though you forget to give him your note. Just be sure to give it to him before the day ends and let him know you were rusing out and missed him. Even if doesn't happy today, put a date on your letter that way he will know you didn't forget, but things happen as fathers we know that life happens and sometimes things get in the way of our original plans. You are NOT useless. You were just focused! Wow school on Sundays, eh? That has got to be tough!
@edsss17 (4396)
• Philippines
20 Jun 11
Hi hdjohnson, Yea, school on Sunday is really tough and boring.. Good thing Its moved in Saturdays now! Anyways, I give him the note this morning.. Fathers Day has ended already. He read it and he shed a tear, which touched me inside. He said; It don't need to be Fathers Day for us (his kids) shows love not only to him but to our mother also. He also said, we can always give him a letter anytime we want and it doesn't need to be a Fathers Day. Because of that, I loved my father even more. I'm really kinda a daddy's girl even though he is very strict.. I just love my Dad the way he is.. I hope you had blast yesterday! :) God bless!
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@karagala (447)
• Philippines
20 Jun 11
Congratulations! If you have wonderful kids, then it must be because they have a wonderful father too. Parents in general are always biased. Don't worry, you're not alone. If I were to give my opinion, my dad would also be great because if I despise my dad, I would also despise myself...my family. Gees I haven't really greeted my dad a happy father's day and I think it'll be late if I say that greeting to him. However, today we had lunch together. He seldom does that and I appreciate that little time. I hope he does too. Everyday of our lives ought to be Father's day even of there are some rude fathers. They will always be fathers no matter what. We don't get them easily as friends. When we lose our dad, we can't get another dad.
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
20 Jun 11
Well said! Whatever time you and your father did spend together on this day. I'm quite sure he appreciated the time. I agree that when we lose sight of that important thing, the mere fact that we only get one father. That alone is very heartwarming. It shows me that you are allowing the healing process to begin in your own heart. And when that healing process has had its complete work in you then, you'll begin to have that PEACEFUL life that is promised to you. My example of being a father comes to my children comes from having an absentee biological father, one of which I've never, met, known or seen till this very day. As a young child, I made up in my mind that I wanted a family one day and that my children would know what it means to be a father. That they would know what a father I've had over the years of my life was none other than my heavenly father, our creator. He truly is the example I want to live and demonstrate before them and not anyone else.
@carolscash (9494)
• United States
19 Jun 11
It sounds like your kids are great kids! My dad is deceased and so I can't spend time with him. I got to spend the day with my husband who is a great dad to both of our girls. It irritates me that his own son didn't call him and that my oldest daughter didn't come to see him. Our youngest did get him a gift and a card! It rained so we really didn't get to do much but we spent the day with him.
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
20 Jun 11
That is so cool. My wife is away this weekend out of town. So my kids and I spent the entire weekend together. I just heard my 9 yr old daughter say today, that she misses her mom. I do too. Can't wait till tomorrow! It nice to hear that you think of your hubby as highly as you do. That warms my heart. I'm sorry to hear about your father though. I never knew my dad, so I can't relate, but my MoM who is gone already. I used to spend waking moments with her.
@blue65packer (11829)
• United States
20 Jun 11
I am not a father or a man. I did wish my brothers and oldest nephews and some friends a Happy Father's Day. My father is 87 but I did nothing for him on Father's Day. Why would I? He was a lousey father so he doesn't deserve anything for Father's Day! Period!
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
20 Jun 11
I was going to say, that I can relate to your comment, but I cannot say that. Although my biological father, I never knew, never seen, never even met. So I grew up kinda of hating someone that I didn't even know. Until one day, my mom asked me if I met my father one day and he needed my help, would I help him. I told her, "No, it's not like he has been around for either of us, so why should I." She looked me in the eye and said, if you can help him and it's within your power to do so, then do it, because that what Jesus would do. Ever since that moment in my life, I stopped hating him, and till this day, if I do ever meet him, I will do exactly what my mom instructed to do when I was a child. What I've learned from my mom that day was. That it is better to forgive someone for mistreating whether it is past or present. You see holding onto that unforgiveness for so long eventually turns into bitterness and the worse form of that word hatred. I'm not saying that you act as if things are just peachy, but at least calling him, to say Happy Father's Day, can probably do a world of good for the both of you. It will remind him of how much of a father that he hasn't been to you over the years and will also, allow some of the healing process to begin in your heart. Now all that I have written about this situation is based upon making the decision to live a victorious life, free of hurt, free of pain, and ultimately sets you up to live peaceful life. I didn't write any of this to attempt to belittle and definitely I am NOT trying to offend you. I simply pray that you will find something that I've said useful enough for you to see a change in your life. Change is good when you allow it to be.
• Portugal
19 Jun 11
im so happy that they did those cute cars for you^^ and that they also cooked breakfast and hold you^^ you are right, they are great kids. its awesome that you will spend your day with them. sorry that your wife isnt there. would be even cooler if she could be with you and them also^^ im sure that they will be great parents^^ you are a good father to them and they will learn it with you^^ just keep raising them well^^ you are doing a good job^^
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
20 Jun 11
Wow, that your screen name is so befitting your response. How sweet of you to say such nice things. I'm sure your dad is proud of you! We are simply being the example that we believe God would have us to be before our children!
• China
20 Jun 11
on the special day, I want to say I'm proud of you, appreciate all you've done for me and I love u.
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@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
20 Jun 11
Wow, that truly is one special comments to say to your father. Kudos!
@GemmaR (8517)
20 Jun 11
My Father, Brother and I had a lovely day yesterday. We drove for about an hour and had a long walk around a lovely park which was full of flowers and had a beautiful lake in the middle with lots of ducks and geese on it. The weather was lovely, for once, and this means that we really could enjoy what we were doing without having to worry about the rain for as much as a single second. I wish that I could spend more time like this with my Father, but unfortunately he is always very busy so it is not usually possible, but we all made that special effort this weekend.
• India
20 Jun 11
yesterday is father's day...............
@elida279 (165)
• Bulgaria
20 Jun 11
Hi, hdjohnson. I'm really happy for you that you have such wonderful kids. It's partly your creation :). Have a great father's day!!! To answer your question - no, I'm not a father but I'd like to greet all fathers with "Happy Father's Day" and especially mine, the best father in the world!!! :)
• Philippines
19 Jun 11
happy fathers day to you! i just called my father to greet him since we are living in a place far away from home to work. we used to do things like that especially during occasions like this but that somehow ended due to work. Anyways, be happy on your day!
@hdjohnson (2981)
• United States
20 Jun 11
Thanks soccerbai123, my kids and I just got back from the park where they got to play on the swing sets, climb the ladders, walk the balancing beams and blow bubbles. So indeed they are a but tuckered out, which is cool. So maybe later we will get to play some more games.