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A Father’s Love: Celebrating Father’s Day 2023

By Ashley Ferraro

A father’s love is a love that transcends words, a love that speaks through actions, and a love that lingers in the tender moments shared between a father and his child. It ignites a spark of curiosity and thirst for knowledge, yet instills a sense of comfort. Through the eyes of a father, a child discovers their own worth and learns to embrace their strengths. A father’s love reminds us of who we are and everything that we can be.

What does it mean to be a father?

To be a father is to embrace a lifelong commitment of selflessness without hesitation.

“Fatherhood is the number one greatest gift in I’ve had life,” says Peter Ferraro, a father of two, twenty-four and twenty-six. “It’s also the biggest responsibility. There are a lot of decisions that I make in my life based on the fact that I have this responsibility.”

He continues, “One of the most rewarding aspects of it all is watching your children grow into responsible adults. My kids are everything I could have imagined or wanted them to be.”
Being a dad is undoubtedly one of the most enriching roles anyone can fulfill their lifetime. It encompasses the responsibilities of being a provider, mentor, and protector. In the present day, fathers have surpassed the boundaries of traditional fatherhood; they are also caregivers, teachers, and listeners.

David Roe, a first-time father of an eight-month-old, offers his perspective on what it means to be a father. “Fatherhood is caring for somebody other than yourself for once, so much that you forget who you were before they came into this world in the most beautiful way.”

When you look at your father, who do you see?

This Father’s Day, when I look at my father, I am overwhelmed with pride. In him, I see a reflection of the person I aspire to be—humble yet strong, compassionate yet steadfast, and above all, loving. As I continue on my own path, I carry the lessons he has taught me, the values he has instilled in me, and the love he has extended me.

This sentiment may resonate with anyone lucky enough to have an extraordinary father or experience fatherhood themselves. At the end of the day, the most important thing a dad, or any parent, can do is provide unconditional love and support for their child. In turn, the best gift we can offer is reciprocating that kindness. Although he would never ask for anything, because that’s the kind of man he is.

What does Father’s Day mean to you?

Father’s Day is a time to honor our dads, to celebrate being a dad, and to express gratitude to the men in our lives.

However, Father’s Day isn’t only about giving thanks to our dads for all of the sacrifices they make for us. It’s about seeing through them, seeing the man in front of you for all he is and aspires to be, and loving him as he shows up for you.

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