In Italy, according to the Roman Catholic tradition, fathers are celebrated on Saint Joseph’s Day, commonly called Feast of Saint Joseph (“Festa di San Giuseppe”), March 19. It is not a public holiday.
We will also celebrate them today – The day we traditionally honor our own Fathers.
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
He called it … Dad
– Author Unknown
Thanks for your help Gina and Mary S.
Addition – Gina and Dad in Lithuania:
20 thoughts on “Let’s Hear it for the Dad’s!”
I miss my dad. He was fair and taught me something about family loyalty. His silence used to scare me more then any words he might say. I was not always a
Oh Gina, I can only imagine!
My Dad taught us a great work ethic. His pride was that he only missed two days of work…ever. He was also silent, but he had “that look”! As far as being a “perfect” child, I may have hung out with Gina. She was a bad influence.
Please see the addition to my post above. It’s Gina and her Dad.
Hope it was ok to post that, Gina. It was too neat to pass up.
I wish I could wish a happy father’s day to my Dad, my husband and my brother. They were all good dads and greatly influenced their kids. They are in my mind always. I will call my grandson who is also a dad today He lives in Australia and they celebrate at another time. I will never see my great grand children, but I know they are being brought up with good standards their dad has. Joanie G
You must have been a good influence yourself, Joanie, to have such confidence in your great grandchildren’s Father.
I don’t have any kids, but I hope that if I ever do, I’m half the parent my dad has been. I can honestly say that no matter the outcome, every decision he has made has been made with his family’s best interest at heart — and some decisions have come at a great physical/mental sacrifice for him. He put his family first, no matter the consequence to himself, so how can I do any less? It’s also why I have ZERO tolerance for a lot of young people today who would rather complain about their lives than do what they have to do to survive. And probably why Our Guys impress me so much. 🙂
I wish every Dad a Happy Fathers Day, especially my Dad who passed away in 1990, which I miss very much. He was very strict but had a very strong work ethic and did everything he could for our family and his parents. He was strict about doing things his way or you didn’t help him at all. He would walk with me and have some fun skipping to keep our walking out of sink. I wish everyone who still has their Dads or Grandfathers with them please enjoy every minute you have with them. Love you Dad <3
Hi Barb – I lost my father on New Years’ Eve 1990. Way too young. He was my best friend. This poem is beautiful, but it makes my cry . . .
Happy Father’s Day to these three outstanding Fathers! They exemplify the true meaning of Fatherhood in oh so many beautiful ways. I lost my Dad 4 years ago, but will always live with the wonderful memories of all he taught his 7 children…faith, respect, kindness and a humble heart. Live by these virtues and enjoy the life you have been blessed with. Thank you, Dad.
Happy Father’s Day to Il volo’s dads…..What a good job they have
done and are still doing as the Dad to their families…… I know they
are proud of these three singers and the other sons and daughters
My Dad taught his three girls (no sons) by being quiet and with
his looks at us. He would say I’m outnumbered four to one
and we would laugh with him……He taught by example honesty,
good character, integrity and a strong work ethic…….One of his
sayings was he wanted to give a good days work for a days pay.
He was proud of his girls and he let us know he loved us.
He passed to his heavenly home in 1999 and I miss him and
I, too, wish all the fathers a Happy Fathers Day, especially the Il Volo fathers. Unfortunately, my two grown children just lost there father 4 days ago so today is not a very pleasant one. However, no matter the circumstances, and no matter our loss he, of course, he is being remembered on this day, as always.
I send you and your children my condolences and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take Care and God Bless. Victoria
Kitty! I’m so sorry for your loss!
Kitty, mentioning you and family in my prayers. Take care Sweetie.
Sending prayers for you and the family . . .
Kitty, I am so sorry for your loss. I have put you and your family in my prayers. God Bless
Kitty, I am so sorry. Sending prayers & good thoughts to you & family. 🙏 💒. I am just replying as I pulled muscles on my right side on Wed & am on pain meds. I am not with the program! Keep dozing off! Just now checked my IPad. The Il Volo Fathers are the best Fathers in the World! My heartfelt Thank You for sharing your precious sons with us!!!
Hi, Marie. I loved your post and the Fathers of “Our Guys” are wonderful! I am now responding to your POST because I was at the cemetery and bringing flowers to my Dad then I read KittyKam’s post and felt so bad for her and her children. I just wanted to say that one of the pictures of Ignazio without a shirt made me cuckoo!!! I know I’m not very saavy with the website, but I want to know how to leave a NEW POST, because there is something I would like to share with all of you. Thanks. Victoria
Hello Victoria, Kelly answered this question in an email to you, but I want to be sure you understand that we welcome “new posts” from the Crew. There may sometimes be a backlog, but we love running your stories and articles. That is exactly what this site was set up to do. Just email them to us. Thanks for asking.
Kitty I am sorry for your loss, sending prayers for you & your family