Dad - what the "S" on your chest really means
Dads are often the silent partners - the ones who stand in the shadows. They're far from being the bad guys, though. In fact, they are the protectors of the family - the good guys. When danger strikes, they have the superhuman speed of Superman to react faster than a speeding bullet to fight off whatever threat has obstructed their paths.
A special needs dad might find this role to be different than what was first expected or imagined. Normally, from the time a child is born, a father dreams of tossing around a football with his son or taking him on a fishing trip to reel in a prize catch. A dad has dreams of teaching his daughter to drive and the importance of staying away from those nasty boys. For a father to a special needs child, though - and in our case a child with an additional visual impairment - those dreams are far from reality.
This might not be the job they signed up for, but they are here, defending our paths to progress. Did these fathers accept the challenge to fulfill the duties in this role? I hope so, because if they didn't, they surely would miss out on one of the greatest of life's adventures. The job responsibilities are so simple, but there is more than meets the eye, and it requires superpowers. What is a father's superpower, you ask?
A special needs dad must be:
- "HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY" -Mighty Mouse
- "YOU WOULDN'T LIKE ME WHEN I'M ANGRY" - The Incredible Hulk
- "I HAVE THE POWER" -He-Man
- "WITH GREAT POWER COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY" -Spider Man
- "I'M THE BEST THERE IS AT WHAT I DO" -Wolverine
Only the elite dads accept the challenge of proudly wearing the "S" on their chests. The willingness and courage to be strong, sensitive, solid, supportive, and special. For those that have done so, I applaud you! Wear your "S" proudly.
Look my child! Up in the sky! It's a bird; it's a plane; it's...your daddy! So, special needs dads, today I say the words you should hear every day: You are appreciated and you are loved. You are our Superheros.
Happy Father's Day!
We love you