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Sunday June 18th is Father's Day. A very important day to say thanks for the love and care for men who have taken the time to raise a child to adulthood.

Unlike mothers who experience child bearing we men are not yet directly involved with the nine months of pregnancy. Now, when the female sea horse becomes pregnant she deposits their fertilized eggs into her husband's abdomen for him to carry for six weeks. With modern medicine males may have the scary opportunity to give birth to a child.

Men are not merely sperm donors for the very brief moment of inception. What makes you a man is not the ability to conceive a child but rather the life long courage to raise a child.

Sharing child caring is no longer the sole duty of mothers with the majority of fathers willing and able to do their part to nurture a child. I still remember walking the floors into the wee hours of the night with my daughter, Sarah, in my arms to try and help her get to sleep.

My wife, Ella, chose to teach in the afternoon Hebrew school and I picked up the children at the nursery school and drove them home. I warmed up the supper, bathed and read them a story before Ella came home. I was probably the only husband who when I took the children grocery shopping to Foodland who answered when I was called: "hey mom/dad.

I was a proud father attending swim/track meets at the park cheering on our children's team . There were school graduation ceremonies where our children made us proud to be parents.

As a father there is nothing better, scary then watching your beautiful, talented daughter get married in front of friends and family at the farm in Dorchester. Every father feels that his daughter is the most beautiful bride in the world. If I was thirty years younger and I was not Sarah's father my son- in -law, Jim would never have had a chance.

Sarah always "promised to marry me" when she was a little girl but she usually told me that; " she was always too busy".

I am now a proud grandfather; very happy that I got married and became a father of two children and grandfather of four, There are no better titles in my vocabulary then "Father".

Happy Father's Day.

Len Lesser is an education/career counselor

Len Lesser

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