I've been the first to admit, I've led a pretty charmed life. I have never wanted for anything... and if I did, I never wanted long. Even now, I'm content (except for the fact that I've never been to Disney World in Florida.) I now that some have not had it so easy. Being surrounded by fabulous people has been the greatest blessing in my life and the top of that list are some extraordinary men. My father was a great guy. I married into a family with a great father, and my husband became a great father. My experience is limited. I know this is not everyone's story and I am saddened by the fact that not everyone had such a positive experience with the primary male figure in their lives. I get it. But I am disturbed to the point of anger when people do not give good men the credit they deserve. We've allowed our society to diminish the role of fatherhood in this country to the point that we are paying a horrible price in our families and in our communities as a whole. I can be the best mom in the world, but I cannot be a dad and children need both.
In my opinion this all comes from our attitude towards men in general. I blame the feminist movement for this debacle. In the quest to seek equality with men we forced them to become feminized instead of honoring the differences between the sexes. We've demanded that men acquiesce and adopt the behaviors and thinking patterns of women to the point that we've emasculated them so badly they don't know what to think or how to behave.
Sorry ladies, but you get what you ask for.
Personally, I want a man to be my hero. And a good man wants this for his woman and his family too. A good man wants to protect and provide. That is how he is created. His way of thinking is not degrading to women, it's respectful.
Ok... I'll step off the soap box. Just wanted to get that off my chest.
Today's grace is easy to see. We are blessed beyond our knowledge when we allow men to be men and to enhance our lives in the manner for which they were created. Not all men are worthy of such praise, but I'm afraid those who are have been ignored way too long. As much as I dismiss the notion of an annual "mother's" day, I think we should go to a weekly "father's" day for a while just so we can catch up. It's going to take a while to show the appreciation and gratitude that these men of worth deserve.