As promised, today's Upbeat Dad of the Week is more of a tribute, a "shout out" if you will, to our fathers. Many of you have responded so I'll yield to you today and let you do the talking.
I'll just say that we often hear of "father's rights". And I'm a big proponent of that. I also recognize fatherhood as a privilege. Some of us are natural fathers. Others, step-fathers or adoptive fathers. I see all of this as a privilege because we get to sow positive seeds into the lives of the persons who will lead the next generation.
By the way, I wish special holiday greetings to my dad, T.P. Walters. He was featured as our Inaugural Upbeat Dad of the Week!
To all our fathers, I say, Happy Holidays! Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanza!
Whatever you celebrate this time of year, I hope that this season is filled with joy and the best of everything. And thanks for being the positive influences that our kids need to become successful!
The Upbeat Dad
Dad. I pray for good health, humor, and a winning streak for your beloved Rockets. Here's to celebrating a wonderful season of watching classic black and white movies on TCM with you!
Love, your daughter - Nikki M-W.
I love you very much daddy! You are the best! Thank you for everything! Love - Brianna M.
Dad, you have been the epitome of love and a parent and there is none other I would rather have as a father and role model. I may not tell you everyday, just how much I care....
But pouring out my heart right now is bringing me to tears. You are truly one in a million, the very best dad I know, and I will always love you, even if it doesn't always show. You are amazing and truly a gift to us from God.
I love you!! - Lezonne C.
Happiness is a decision...thank you for all the time you have shared with me. FEAR...I finally am figuring it all out. Forever Onward...I know, there are many more.
I love you, always. -Talitha L.
Merry Christmas Daddy! You are more than amazing and I am so thankful that you are my Father. I appreciate you and all that you do for me. I will forever be your little girl no matter how old I get :). Love you more than life itself, have a wonderful Christmas! - Christal R.
Dad, thank you for loving me unconditionally and teaching me how to be a Godly man and father. I pray that your Holiday Season will be filled with joy and peace. Words alone will never be enough to express how much I love and respect you. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! - Arthur E.
Wishing our wonderful fathers Rev. Arthur B and Bishop Quiglen D a blessed Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.
Love you both - Chris and Fiona D.
To the most influencial man in my life, the same one that taught me how to ride a bike, the same one that saw me off to my prom, the same one that would do anything in the world to see his little girl happy... A Merry Christmas! I love you Daddy! - Denae C.
In that sense, Daddy raising us was like him driving a car that needed to get up to a certain speed; the firm hand of discipline was the accelerator, and our development was measured by the speedometer; as we grew and became more mature, he gradually eased off of the gas, until we hit a satisfactory cruising speed, and he lovingly retired the gas pedal.
Now, we know Daddy as a fun-loving, patriarch, fiercely proud of his kids and grandkids, and always willing to have a deep conversation about what’s wrong with the West Indies cricket team.
We love you Daddy!!! - Brian W. and family
I am wishing a Merry Christmas, to my father...Everard P. known to me as P. I just want to take the time to tell you I'm so grateful to have you in my life. It's one of the best feelings when your parents stop being parents, and start being your friends. And not only are you my friend, you are my electrical consultant, mechanic, my nurse/drill sergeant. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be who I am and our family would not be what it is. You became the father that you never had. Love your best Mummy - Shara P.