“Regardless of the reasons your father is not around – whether there is unfinished business, anger at him, remorse over what went unsaid or undone , loneliness and missing him, or in a time of stress for which you really wish he was around to provide the answer – you are still here and there are real things that need to get done. You don’t have to impress his memory because you never could get his attention, or vow to be his opposite because he let you down. You are resilient, and can forgive his failings while enjoying the skills for building a life you inherited anyway, if only in his DNA.
Get to work.
Father’s Day is your day too, and in every courageous act in which you do what is right, even if it is difficult or uncomfortable, every ambition in which you fail and pick yourself up anyway for another go at it, you’re living a genuine Father’s Day. Every time you pass on what you know, assisting someone with less competence, less experience or skill than your own, you are honoring yourself, and fathers everywhere. You’re honoring fatherhood itself.
You’re doing good, kid. Keep at it, and don’t let anyone tell you what you’re worth but you.”