Father's Day may have had its origin in marketing, or in religious observance (See Father's Day June 2010: Some Cross-Cultural and Personal Observations), but it remains a joyous opportunity to celebrate the men in one's life who are fathers or father figures, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, special friends.
For me, this is the 3rd Father's Day since my father died on February 19, 2010. The emotional impact of this loss on Father's Day is still present, though the sadness is less, or at least more manageable. That is partly through the healing effects of time, and partly through the experience of grieving and lessons learned.
Everyone copes with their losses in their own way. For me, it is better to find ways to mark this day, mindful of my father, than it would be to just ignore it, as some do, which is the best way for them to deal with their grief. It is also a reminder that my father would appreciate the gesture while not wanting any fuss, and certainly nothing maudlin or melancholic! And so I will celebrate with flowers, a card, and attending a religious service as ways of connecting with my father and feeling that I have recognized him on this special day...
Blogging on this day is another way of marking its specialness for all, and for me and my father. So, while I apologize for my long, though unintended, silence (minor medical misadventures of the most mischievous and maddening mold), I am happy to post today, and hopefully more regularly (Insha'Allah).
To all fathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers, cousins, special friends and paternal figures,
Happy Father's Day!
Father's Day June 2010: Some Cross-Cultural and Personal Observations
Happy Father's Day 2011!
Please share your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and comments on this day.