“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.” — Abraham Lincoln

Father’s Day is acknowledged to remind us of the importance and the challenges of fatherhood. The often overlooked superhero of parental holidays, fathers don’t bask in the appreciation we give our mothers. They work tirelessly in the office, at the factory, or out in the field. They then try to spend the remaining time with their children alongside. While retailers and marketers have often commercialized Father’s Day, to sell ties, watches, and shaving kits, it is still a holiday to recognize and think about their special characteristics.

Thanks to a culture change these past few decades, fathers are more involved in parenting in a very direct and cherished way. Some fathers now take paternity leave when a child is born. They also understand the importance of play with their children in the evenings and on weekends. Since we were kids, they have brought us love and light. Always rooting for us at a sports game, they’ve brought levity during a family’s tough times and cracked perfect “Dad” jokes at the right moment. Fathers keep the family together, and we learn a lot from them. This is the real reason we celebrate all the love and joy they give us.