Happy Father’s Day


Fatherhood is the job that pays the least in monetary terms and the most in benefit to the world, along with motherhood. When a man chooses to become a father, biologically or with his heart, he makes a commitment that is lifelong and its impact is to be felt longer than his own life, into the future of his children, grandchildren, and yes, even great grandchildren.

Through his steadfast presence, his wisdom (most of it on the job, but maybe lots of it gained from his own father), his protection, his teaching, his prayers, sacrifice, love, discipline, encouragement and pride he tempers and builds the character and lives of his children.

Today, in gratitude and love, we pause to thank God for His precious gift of fathers, modeled in His own image. For all of you, we give thanks, we pray, we love you. And please, keep up the good work dads, in your job that has no off days, but great benefits.

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63 Responses to Happy Father’s Day

  1. ParteaGirl says:

    Thank you for this post, Menagerie. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads!

    Liked by 19 people

    • BetsyRossRocked says:

      Menagerie’s words not only describe our own fathers but also describe
      President Trump , protection , love , sacrifice !
      Happy Fathers Day to all Treeper dads and
      Happy Fathers Day to our wonderful President Trump !

      Liked by 25 people

      • wlbeattie says:

        Nice point, even though #Trump is not a father of the #US Constitution – IMO he has certainly proven that he is a Patriot and a strong supporter of its values.
        IMO, he also has done his fatherly duty in passing on his reverence of the Constitution to all of his offspring!
        He is child and a patriot the #USA’s Constitution and his children seem to follow his lead!

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  2. Grandma Covfefe says:

    Beautiful Tribute to all Fathers, Menagerie.
    Happy Father’s Day to all the Real Men… who fathered, fostered, adopted, and mentored. the young ones.
    May the Lord Bless you all.

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  3. Thank you! Love the song, I miss my Dad more than ever.

    Happy Fathers Day everyone!!!!

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  4. Wonderful, tender tribute to Fathers!

    I figured we had another good one coming from you, Menagerie.

    This is my family’s first year without ours. A huge missing piece of family heart, but he is with the Lord as he was faithful to God above all. Miss him!

    May God bless all our Treeper Fathers:

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Our hearts are with you and with others who are spending their first without their loved ones.

      Liked by 11 people

    • thedustmaker says:

      This will be my last Fathers day with my Father, as he will most probably pass within the month if not the next few weeks. Will be rough to visit today, and though he will probably make no sense with his jumbled words (Parkinsons), he will still understand mine.

      Not close since very rebellious preteen, black sheep till Christ made me a white sheep at 22, which thrilled him of course. Still never terribly close…..

      Through my 59 years he has always been there, and the important core principles absorbed, survived those early bad years to be passed on to our kids and 10 grand kids, one of which, lives with us,,, (way too long a story).

      I have to laugh, a very happy laugh, our son is the guy that has the full arm tattoo of the American Flag and the eagle flying across it, the big Flag flying from his truck and a full collection of Trump and American Flag type t shirts, and always one or another on, here in whacked out NM.

      Our daughter’s oldest, our oldest grandson, now works with me (part time, while going to school, online), at the place I work, and he is appalled at the idiocy of the leftists, his professors included……. point being, a Father is so very important, for generations!

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      • Can’t tell you how much I appreciate your sharing of deep father and family dynamics.

        I was estranged from my father for over 20 years. But in his dying day, we made a deep, spiritual connection I thought not possible until the last.

        My heart goes out to you. I understand your position. But it sounds like you have some children with sound minds of free and independent thought…which means, as parents, you did something right somewhere!

        Bless all of you. No matter your father’s condition, hold him closely and love him dearly. Redeem the little bit of time you have with him.


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      • olderwiser21 says:

        Aw, Dust – that’s a great story. Thank you for sharing. My Dad passed away at a fairly young age. We still miss him, and the grandkids that knew him miss him and the great grandkids hear the stories about him that we all tell. As you say – generations of importance.

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      • thedustmaker– I don’t want to come across as issuing some sort of imperative, that’s not my intent at all; but since you mentioned that your Dad can understand your words, please consider reading what you posted, aloud, to him. It would mean more than you could ever imagine, and it sounds like he did a very fine job in raising you, despite that early rebelliousness.

        Parents don’t get an instruction book with any of their children, and regardless of how we decide to raise our children, we still are almost always left wondering, “What if I’d done such-and-such differently– would it have been better or would it have made a difference?”

        Not knowing you or your situation, I can’t evaluate how the message might be received– it’s probably more a function of me, wishing I had the opportunity to pay my Dad such a great compliment. Your words, “Through my 59 years he has always been there, and the important core principles absorbed, survived those early bad years to be passed on to our kids and 10 grand kids…”, are just too beautiful, to not be shared with him. I can’t imagine a finer Father’s Day gift.

        God Bless you both.

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    • olderwiser21 says:

      Thank you for this video, Angelle – very touching. I loved it!

      Liked by 2 people

  5. Pale rider says:

    Happy Father’s Day to all dads. God bless you! Toughest most rewarding jobs god blessed us with.

    Liked by 8 people

  6. Jay Currie says:

    Miss my Dad 30 years on.

    Proud of my three sons.

    Being a Dad is the most important job there is.

    Liked by 14 people

  7. DJSnyder says:

    I’d have been another raging liberal if it weren’t for my dad and his listening to Rush Limbaugh every day. And if it hadn’t been for that, I never would have found this site. Praise the Lord for my earthly father, he’s nowhere near perfect, but he helped set me on the right path.
    (I just wish he would go to church like I do…)

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  8. Lucille says:

    Happy Father’s Day
    Thank you, Menagerie, for your heartfelt words.

    Love this…

    Liked by 12 people

    • tonyE says:

      That sure brings back memories. Soooo many good memories. Today, my kids in their 20s still give me the best hugs… HUGS!

      Memories like shopping for groceries and diapers and food for newborn and toddler, on either side of the island. Coupons in tow ( man, I used to say 50%).

      Of having the wife on a trip when our son got measles… I knew what it was, the guy at CVS verified it and I had the meds at home. So I took care of it.

      Just in case though I tried to made an appointment at the pediatrician the next day:

      “Sir we are busy!”
      “BUT, BUT, you don’t understand, my wife is on a trip, and I got the kids by myself!!”
      “OK, OK, bring him in at 11A”.

      I know, I know, being a Dad is getting a free pass with women. Being a snart dad, is actually easy. ;-D

      Even the CHP let me go when he noticed I was feeding my kid while doing 80 mph. He just “tsk’d tsk’d” and went off while I brought her down to 65.

      Being a Dad is the best job in the World.


  9. Justice says:

    My dad gave me everything I needed to achieve my true potential. I have not achieved it, but at least he was there paved the way. My mother also was right by me. They’ve both passed on, but I’m still thinking about how they furnished a wholesome life for me. I’m so thankful for them and know they are with God now.

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  10. Lester Smith says:

    Also happy Father’s day to all the grandfather’s raising grandchildren. My wife and I have been raising two wonderful grandson’s for well over 10 years. To all the grandfather Dads out there I want to say God bless you and thank you.

    Liked by 20 people

  11. ElGato says:

    Realizing my life before my son was just filler hit me the day he was born. My boy just turned 14 months on the twelfth. I’m am a fortunate man.

    Liked by 22 people

  12. WSB says:

    Hi, Dad! Happy Father’s Day! Love, Me

    TY, Menagerie! Always!

    Liked by 12 people

  13. tominellay says:

    Your posts are so thoughtful! Thank you!!

    Liked by 4 people

  14. William Schneider says:

    Thanks Menagerie. My son sent me a card for this day that has me moved to tears each time I read it. The love of a true father for his children runs incredibly deep-and sometimes vice versa.It is an incredible challenge and blessing to be a father in this maddening world. I praise God for the privilege of being trusted to be a Father. I have many regrets for my failures but I would never give up my claim to be a Father. Praise our ultimate Father in Heaven.

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  15. Dora says:

    Still my favorite version.

    Liked by 6 people

  16. Tom Golden says:

    Love without end Amen! Men are both Great and Good! Here’s why: https://youtu.be/XHmrYSPJoEs

    Liked by 5 people

  17. teaforall says:

    Happy Fathers Day Sundance and all Our Treepers.
    Thank you for your wisdom, love, guidance, strength and laughter. You are one of a kind, a true blessing in life.

    Liked by 5 people

  18. This Day, like every year. Brings back Memories .
    My (EX) Wife left Me, leaving Me with My Two Daughters, Whom were just 1 And 2 years old..
    I was by Myself, for several years… Starting in Early, 1993…
    I found Myself, Lonely,,,,,,, VERY Lonely..
    Even While, on the VERY FEW, Days I had off work, taking My Girls places, as they were getting Older.. I had Numerous Lady friends give HELP , support, or whatever..
    NO_ONE would EVER “Date” Me.. for years.
    Even though,,, I was a “AWESOME”! single Dad, Those Kind & helpful Lady Friends, said, and everyone else…
    I remember one Lady said too Her friends, He is TROPHY Material!
    But, I had “baggage”.. Otherwise… 😉
    My Daughters came FIRST, before Me or “anyone” else.
    It STILL seems like a dream when I think & look back on those “Lonely Years”..
    Working practically 60+ Hour weeks, Washing cloths, changing Diapers, washing, feeding, etc etc, coming & going to & from work..
    Over & over & over, week-in, week-out, month after month.. Year after Year..
    I Digress……

    I was to exhausted! to even THINK about Dating!
    Yet, I don’t regret one Moment..

    In hindsight..
    To ALL those women & MOM’s here at the Treehouse..
    I have MUCHO respect for ‘Stay at home Moms” AND Working Single Mothers..
    It’s one Hell of a tough Job!
    If not one of the “hardest” *Jobs*, on Gods Green Earth..

    Happy Fathers Day to all those Dads, Like Me..
    Worked hard, “Bringing Home the Bacon”, Instilling Common sense & Values, Bringing up their Children, All the while, Ignoring their OWN personal needs, instead, caring for the needs of their Kids..

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  19. Kristin DeBacco says:

    A very Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers here.

    Liked by 4 people

  20. 300 says:

    I was stranded in a small town called Wynoka and called dad to come get me. I slipped into the local watering hole for some adult beverages while I wated. When he walked through the door this song started. I had it played at his funeral. Miss you so much https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOAjAWToYMI

    Liked by 7 people

  21. The Astroknott says:

    Raise a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it……

    Thanks Dad

    Liked by 6 people

  22. webgirlpdx says:

    Happy Father’s Day, Dad. I miss you every single day. I proudly flew my flag on Flag Day Friday which would have been your 90th Birthday

    I also celebrate next week what would have been you and Mom’s 70th Wedding Anniversary.
    Your love and devotion for the 62 years you had together will always be my inspiration.

    Liked by 7 people

  23. amwick says:

    Happy Father’s Day, this includes step fathers, grand fathers, great grandfathers….. Y’all take a bow, you earned it… woot woot.

    TY Menagerie for a lovely post, and a beautiful song.

    Liked by 7 people

  24. Bubby says:


    “A tribute to our fathers who fought to give us freedom.”

    Liked by 4 people

  25. Deplorable Canuck says:

    Happy Father’s day Patriots! I always thank God for giving me the Father he did! He died in April 2015 at a ripe old age. I miss him still and can only hope of being the kind of Father to my children and grand Children that he was to me, and our family. Rest is peace Dad, safe in the arms of Jesus!

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  26. David Vicknair says:

    Why, thank you Sundance! My son is a junior in college and doing well, but I would happily relive those halcyon days when I was “Coach Dad”. The present is great, but those certainly were good days…

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  27. F.D.R. in Hell says:

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  28. pjb535i says:

    Thank you Menagerie!

    Liked by 1 person

  29. boomerbeth says:

    Stop posting political content on this thread.


  30. yy4u says:

    A sad commentary. This a.m. Fox and Friends wished everyone a “Happy Father’s Day” saying that you are either a father or have a father. It was a nice thought but I was overwhelmed with sadness for the thousands of kids in our country who don’t know who their fathers are and/or young men who are fathers and have no idea who or where their children are.

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  31. yy4u says:

    Dear Daddy,
    I didn’t know you all that well and didn’t have you all that long, but Happy Father’s Day.

    My father immigrated to this country at age 16. He spoke English and Danish and perhaps Spanish (not sure about that). I was born at the start of WWII and my father went off to fight. He returned, worked a few years (wonderful years) for the Treasury Department, then went back into the military and went to Korea. He remained in the Army for the rest of his life, working in military intelligence. He was gone more than he was with us. But when he was with us, he was wonderful and dear to me, smart enough to work crosswords with a pen and not a pencil. He went to Germany when I was 21 and died there when I was 22. He was only 48. Daddy truly was part of the greatest generation. He fought World II, the Korean War and the Cold War. They gave their all so that we could live in a land of milk and honey.Thank you to all the daddies like mine.

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  32. 4EDouglas says:

    Wife and I never had children her Pop was at Normandy -Omaha.
    then the relief of Bastonge. the Bulge , the bridge at Remangen Aachen, (where is German side was from.) Then Dachau…
    My Pop was a real live working Cowboy.He was a contracted horse wrangler for the US Calvary.He tried to join, but the doc giving the Physical said: “Jes’ because you worn out beat up old cowpunchers can ride and shoot, you thing you can join the Calvary . Heck , half of guys outta be in wheelchairs! You’re one of them!’
    Miss them both…

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  33. just stevie says:

    Happy Father’s Day! God Bless our Fathers!

    Liked by 1 person

  34. Peppurr says:

    I was adopted at birth by a couple who couldn’t have children. When my unmarried natural mother found out she was pregnant, she moved out west, worked in a Deli until I was born and gave me up for adoption. The bond that I developed with my adopted father was so special. He was a great father and grandfather. Myself and my children were so blessed to have him in our life.

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  35. paulashley says:

    Missing my dad today. He was my best ever golfing buddy, and I learned lot from him out on the course.

    Liked by 1 person

  36. NJF says:

    Happy fathers day to all the great dads, past & present. Hope everyone has a day filled with love & laughter. God bless. ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

  37. P says:

    Remembering another great Father on this Father’s Day.


  38. getfitnow says:


  39. Patriot1783 says:

    Happy Father’s Day to all the Treeper Dads in the Tree and to all the Admins Hubbies!!

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  40. tonyE says:

    My wife and kids ( they are all healthy, happy, working and smart) gave me a bunch of stuff… one of those is an audiovisual book on farts. It has ten buttons and ten thick sheets. Each button/sheet describe one kind of fart.

    We had a hoot at the table with that book ( somehow our family dinners end up with toilet jokes…).

    They also gave me 600 bucks months ago for my “stereo slush fund” and my wife didn’t complain when I just blew another 900 on top of that to upgrade and tune my trusty turntable. ( Linn LP12 ).

    She sat with me today to listen and she agrees that it sounds fantastic. It sounds like music, not a stereo.

    A great pair of kids.
    A great wife.
    A great sounding stereo,
    A book on farts.

    Seriously, life couldn’t be better. Happy Fathers Day to all.


  41. A2 says:

    This is a wonderful and very funny thread by kane@kane on his Chinese American dad.
    Happy Father’s Day to dads everywhere.

    1/ This Father’s Day, I compiled the most on-brand anecdotes of my dad, who is basically an Asian Ron Swanson. Thread:

    2/ My dad was trained as a military scout; growing up, we asked if we could get GPS for our cars. He insisted we learn to use paper maps and memorize routes without making marks.

    Why? If you’re ever captured, you don’t want evidence of your plans.

    3/ When we visited aquariums, my dad liked to visit the fish he had eaten or aspired to eat.

    4/ We grew up in a very cold part of New York state. During winters, he would turn the garage into a meat locker and hang up meat. We had to make sure not to hit them with the cars.
    5/ Related to meat and cooking, my dad thinks different kinds of kitchen knives are a scam by Big Cutlery.
    He uses one huge cleaver, which he keeps honed to a razor edge, to do all his cooking.

    6/ On the rare occasions we would eat out, my dad really liked dim sum. He had little patience for the carts and would stand by the door to the kitchen to intercept food as it came out.

    7/ My dad really likes light beer. When my sister was graduating from BU, my dad heard that frat parties served free beer. So he wandered into one and helped himself to beer. I hear that the brothers were too bemused to kick him out so he had a few beers and left.

    8/ One of my dad’s favorite summer time activities is squatting on the deck, smoking, drinking light beer, eating peanuts, and feeding peanuts to blue jays.

    9/ The neighborhood blue jays started frequenting our house, which my dad liked.
    Blue jays are known to be assholes. When my dad was on biz trips, his entourage of blue jays would attack our house and caw at 6 AM until someone went out to feed them peanuts.

    10/ My dad is an engineer for the fed gov and was an emergency responder at Ground Zero and Hurrican Sandy.
    But he chose to work in gov after years of private sector because “it’s basically like retirement, you don’t really do anything” (see? Ron Swanson)

    11/ When my dad had to plan a family trip he took us to… the Robert Moses Niagara Hydroelectric Power Station.
    Standing on the shore, he turned to me unprompted and said “if you ever have to work for the government, work for a utility – they generate their own revenue”

    12/ My dad’s other favorite family trip was taking me and my little sister to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and explaining military vehicles to us.

    13/ My dad bought a Rolex decades ago for work when it was on a list of certified chronometers for his engineering work.
    I told him it was hip now and had appreciated, and he was flabbergasted. “Why should this appreciate when it is an obsolete technology now? That’s silly.”

    14/ My dad is a US citizen but has an accent. Sometimes border patrol at the US/Canada border is an asshole to him.
    He will troll them by half-answering their questions until they ask for secondary ID – then he’ll show his US Federal Government ID.

    15/ My dad’s favorite activity when we go on family trips is napping. He’ll nap in the galleries of museums, in his seat during musicals, on a bench in parks.

    16/ My dad drove the same car for 18 years (totaled twice, not his fault) until it literally spontaneously caught fire.
    The fire department (which my dad is friends with somehow) agreed to tow it for free if they could keep it as a case study.

    17/ My dad grows a bunch of stuff: tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, peppers, zucchini, etc.

    When we were little, my dad asked me and my sister to relieve ourselves into a bucket in the back yard since it was good fertilizer and free.
    My mom quickly put an end to that.

    18/ My dad works on construction sites a lot. Sometimes he’ll have a pack of Taiwanese sausage w him.

    There are now groups of burly construction workers in my hometown who like Taiwanese sausage bc my dad will hand them out (w raw garlic ofc).

    My dad is a sausage dealer.

    19/ Like most 90s kids, I *love* Pokemon.
    When I explained to my dad what Pokemon was, he nodded in understanding and told me he and his friends would catch and fight scorpions when he was stationed in Kuwait, and Pokemon was kind of like that.

    20/ My dad randomly knows a lot of contemporary Native American history.

    Why? He goes to the reservations to buy cigarettes and gasoline (no tax), and then hangs for a bit and smokes with the locals.

    21/ My dad votes for whichever party is not in power. “I don’t trust any of them.”

    22/ Like many dads, my dad tracked how tall I was on a wall. This seemed uncharacteristically sentimental.

    I learned that he would bet w the local Chinese restaurant proprietor on my future height. If my dad was right, we wouldn’t have to pay for the next meal.

    23/ My dad has this skill where he can put a steamed spare rib in his mouth, and while reading a newspaper, spit out a completely clean bone (kind of like eating a cherry). He does this at dim sum all the time.

    24/ When I was in college, my dad found a great deal on some whiskey and tried to have some mailed to me.
    I almost got in a LOT of trouble with the resident dean.

    End/ Anyways there are an endless number of these anecdotes, but point being, thanks for everything dad. I think. ❤️

    Epilogue/ one more anecdote which I just remembered:

    The saddest I’ve seen my dad is when he lost a bet and had to be vegetarian for three days.


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