It’s our Fathers who make us men

Why does everyone make such a big deal about Mother’s Day, leaving Father’s Day as the bridesmaid?

I can only speak from my perspective but as a young man, the example that your father sets for you is the road map to your life and sets the bar for the man you aspire to be.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have some amazing fathers in my life; both my grandfather’s were inspirational men whose morals and standing  within the community brought them much love, respect and honour not just within our family but from the wider community of friends and peers. My late father-in-law whose dedication to a simple life, his family and his ever-expanding waistline always gave me a belief that if you focus on making yourself and the ones around you happy, your world will be full of sunny days. But there’s no greater example of what a father, a man and a role model should be than my own father. He is a man who has sacrificed everything in his life for his family, both immediate and extended.

Leaving Malta at the age of 17 to start a new life in Australia, he had no idea what was waiting for him on the other side of the world. Filled with hope not just from within, but from his entire family, for a new life in a land of opportunity.  He risked and sacrificed everything he held dear with the belief he could be the best man he could be in a foreign land.

Even though as an adolescent my father and I didn’t have the closest relationship, I always looked to him as role model and had the upmost respect for everything he did. My Dad is the rock that I have built my family on. He has never let me down and has always been there for me.  I take no greater joy than seeing his happiness in my success, none of which would  have been achievable without this support and love.

If I can be half the man my father has been to me, then I’ll consider myself successful. The love he shows for my children and my wife has now set the bar to the grandfather I hope to be one day.

Yes, mothers are important but it’s our fathers who make us men.

– Shane Delia