A note to dads: Fathers are often the butt of jokes on television situation comedies.
They’re the guys who just don’t quite get it. The ones who can’t figure out how to unclog a drain without flooding the basement or who wind up with water spraying all over the kitchen when they try to replace that broken faucet or hook up the ice maker.
OK, we’ll admit many fathers have had those moments. A number of dads have probably had times when they had to go digging through the trash can for the directions.
But those modern TV dads are hardly what fatherhood is all about.
Of course, the TV icons from the 1950s weren’t exactly representative either. Not many dads had the wisdom or the patience of Ward Cleaver from “Leave It to Beaver” or the Robert Young character Tim Warren from “Father Knows Best.”
Dads also aren’t generally the deadbeats you see described in news stories. Even those who no longer live with their families are seldom the uncaring individuals who fail to pay child support or send a birthday present.
Most fathers aren’t superstars. Not every dad shows up for every ball game or choir concert. They can’t all be out there coaching the softball team or carrying two backpacks on a 20-mile hike with the Girl Scouts.
It’s tough being a dad.
It’s difficult not to set a bad example when you slam that hammer down hard on your finger. Or when your favorite team throws the ball away to give up the winning basket in overtime. Who wouldn’t get a little cross in a situation like that?
All we can do, really, is the best we can.
Dads have been, from the beginning of time, merely human. They have good moments and bad. The moments when they have all the answers and the moments when they have not a clue. Good dads try to be there when their children need a sympathetic ear or a little help with that Pinewood Derby car.