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Keep father in thoughts today

We send our best wishes to all fathers today. This is your day — you certainly deserve it, and we hope you enjoy it to the fullest.

We also hope that friends and family of fathers out there remembered to circle this date on the calendar and won’t have to jump and run to find a gift or greeting card when they read these words.

We hope that each of you paid close attention to one of Dad’s favorite lessons — “always be prepared” — and that you are ready to shower him with love and attention throughout the day.

After all, when it comes to super heroes, Dad is the real deal. He was once the biggest and strongest guy you knew — the one who made sure that your room was safe at night and there were no creepy crawlies lurking under your bed or in the closet.

Dad is the one who hoisted you up and gave you first glimpses of what the world might hold for you, and he’s the one who encouraged you to take your first steps and stand on your own two feet.

It was Dad who had the faith to shove you away on two wheels and trusted you enough a few years later to hand you the car keys.

Remember all those times you got discouraged and he was there to listen and give you advice?

And now that we mention it, that’s certainly not all that he gave you. The list is long — room and board for years, all those “necessities” that you thought you couldn’t live without and more loans than you can probably remember.

But more importantly, he also gave of himself.

He was the one who taught you how to fish, how to hit a baseball and how to change a tire. He was always the first one you called when there was a plumbing problem or your car wouldn’t start.

It was Dad who waited up late on all those nights, repeatedly checking his watch as the minutes ticked by and you still weren’t home, and he was the one who walked you down the aisle on your wedding day.

Yes, your father has been there for you in so many ways through the years.

He was there for you when you needed him, and maybe the perfect gift for him today would be a little of your time.

If you’re lucky enough to be near your dad today, why not drop by for a visit? We know he’ll be glad to see you. And while you’re at it, give him a hug or two — contrary to popular belief, fathers do like attention.

If time and distance are a problem, give your father a call, and this time give him a big surprise — don’t ask for money.

In addition to honoring our fathers, today is also a great time to remember any other men who have acted as father figures in our lives — a stepfather, uncle, grandfather or “big brother” — someone who was there when you needed him.

We hope you remember all the special fathers in your life today. Be sure and tell them how much they mean to you.

You don’t have to do much or spend a lot — just a few words will do.

Thanks, Dad.

Happy Father’s Day.