They wear ties, suit jackets, lab coats, overalls, steel capped boots, trainers, glasses, gloves…and nary a cape in sight. But they are our superheroes – able to leap to our rescue, hold back floods of tears, amaze us with their strength and creativity, make things happen for us, save us from ourselves, allow us to gain the power to control our futures. All this strength coupled with the gentleness to hold our hearts and our delicate egos so they don’t get broken.
They are our fathers. The ones who, apart from our mothers, loved us first. They are ordinary men with the extraordinary capacity to love us, warts and all. They are our uncaped superheroes, our everyday supermen and powerful paragon.
Today is the one day of the week we are officially supposed to fawn over our amazing fathers. And fawn over them we should.
To my dad, who is recuperating in the hospital, get well soon Abbadabbadoo! You are my own very personal superhero and strong man. I love you! Happy Fathers Day!