I would think that the image left on the minds of children of the new millennium regarding the role that their father’s play in our society would be a real eye opener to those of us who were born during or shortly after the end of the Second World War. The television, the internet, and of course the iPhone are the millennium’s teaching tools.
Today many fathers have to leave their home to make a living for their families as now our world has become global and men must now compete on a global basis. They are gone for long periods of time and miss out on eating with the family or being able to attend any school activities. And when they are home, the television teaches the millennium children that men spend their weekends watching NASCAR or football games, drinking beer, and devouring vast amounts of sodas and pizzas. According to the television, when men actually do try to repair things around the house like that old drafty window, they really lack the skill to make such a repair. But Mom comes to the rescue and calls a professional repair man.
There must be something wrong with men today since they can’t seem to sexually perform well enough to satisfy today’s television women. But of course, these women have the solution as they always carry an adequate supply of Viagra pills around in their purses just in case we men need a little help.
There’s no doubt in my mind that being a father in today’s world is an impossible job. Even when a man reaches the age of 18 so he can legally have sex with a women 18 years of age or older and not be arrested for third degree rape (New York State law), he certainly hasn’t acquired the wealth to provide a home for a family yet. Today in our society, a male must work for at least 10 to 20 years in order to acquire enough wealth to own a home and even consider marriage. By that time the girl of his dreams has married, been divorced, and has several children of her own to raise and educate. And what man wants to face educating his own children when he is 60 years old?
And so I take my hat off to all men (and their female marriage partners) who somehow have managed to marry, have children, provide a home for their children, and will celebrate this Father’s Day together. It is indeed a unique accomplishment!