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This is a “shout out” to all those Father’s out there! It’s not easy being a Dad in this day and age. Especially a single Dad (and Mom of course). I must admit I’ve been extremely blessed with a great and loving Father. He’s been my role model from the time my son Adam was born almost 26 years ago. Whenever I am faced with a decision that relates to my children, I always ask myself “what would my Dad do?” and things always seem to work themselves out. My Dad (William Keough) has always been there for me since day one of my life. He is a WWII veteran and a member of the “Great Generation” who are unfortunately dying off. I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood in New York. It’s hard to believe just how much things (culture) has changed in 40 years. The challenges my parents faced back in the 1960’s and 70’s were very different than the ones I’ve been confronted with as a father. I grew up in a much more innocent time and am glad for that – children are forced to grow up so much quicker now and lose their innocence due to the inundation of secular / media culture.
I consider it a great privilege and huge responsibility being a Dad to my son Adam and daughter Andei. I’ll be the first to admit that I could have done many things better and could have been a better role model. I have stumbled many times along the way. There really isn’t a training manual for Father’s except for being guided by the love one has for his children. Over the past 25 years I’ve experienced great joy and deep sorrow in my role as Father.
My children and I have been through divorces, death, sickness and disappointments (just like so many other families) yet through it all we have stuck together and somehow survived because of the love we share for one another. I’ll always be Bill Keough’s son even though I don’t see him very much due to the many miles that separate us just like Adam will always be my son no matter how far away he lives. Adam, Andei and I are all bonded together by blood, memories shared and love.
So Happy Father’s Day to all you fathers out there! I wouldn’t trade my role as Dad for anything in this world even with the daily challenges, heartbreaks and occasional conflicts. We just have to embrace it all and keep doing the best we can as we try to guide our children and be there for them through the good times and the bad.