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Our view: Give dad his moment

Published: Sunday, June 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Two mitts, one baseball and a game of catch.

It is the iconic father-son moment, forever instilled into our minds by “Field of Dreams.”

For many, it is more symbolic than anything. Because what’s really true, despite how the role of fathers changes through time, is that we celebrate our fathers for their role in mentoring.

That might mean a game of catch. It might mean showing us how to change a tire or the oil, teaching us the fine art of fishing, or helping us build the treehouse we always wanted.

It might mean letting us win at anything from Mario Kart to a game of basketball. Or it might mean disciplining us when we know we’ve done wrong. For all those reasons, we commend fathers today on Father’s Day.

They stand by our side, through the good and bad times. And they help to teach us right and wrong.

Though they are certainly fallible themselves, we rarely see that until we’re much older. It’s the wisdom he imparts that we recall.

Dad is different from mom. Always has been. She was the loving, tender one. He was the one who would tell you what he was thinking, whether you had asked or not.

The one who would show you the way he would do things, whether wrong or right, and you would follow. Because he’s dad.

So today, don’t think you need to give him a present or buy him a card.

Instead, stop by. Chew the cud. Do what he wants to do for a change.

Maybe that means watching a ballgame and chatting. Maybe it means helping him finish that project he keeps putting to the side but really wants to finish.

Maybe he wants to go fishing. Maybe he wants help under the hood of his old truck or car.

Or maybe it’s simply having a game of catch, whether you want to or not.

Because you never know how long you have. And what you want your dad to remember are the moments you spent sharing quality time together.

Give him another one of those moments today.

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