Happy Father’s Day to All Father Figures!

Dr. Leticia Ximénez
June 18, 2017

Most countries celebrate Father’s Day in June, others in March or May. According to dictionary.com, a father is a paternal protector or provider and to father is to assume as one’s own; take the responsibility of. With this definition some people do not feel they have a father, some feel they have one and others feel they have more than one. In fact, Father’s Day originated in the Middle Ages as a celebration of an adopted father, Saint Joseph, “who is referred to as the fatherly Nutritor Domini (“Nourisher of the Lord”) in Catholicism.” (wikipedia.org).

One of my husband’s favorite books was, “Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Children About Money – That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!” by Robert T. Kiyosaki. In this book Kiyosaki talks about the two men in his life who took responsibility for and provided the education that helped him be successful. I believe my husband loved that book, not only because of its great story and helpful advise, but because he also had a rich dad and a poor dad, who both helped him be the amazing man he was.

Today on the news I saw a young man who never knew his dad and his mom was deported when he was 9 years old. He went through even more difficult times after that and was on the path of “throwing away his life.” But, thanks to his uncle, who took him in as his own, who took responsibility of him and became his protector and provider, today this young man was being honored for being an excellent student who wants to go to college and help others.

Just as Saint Joseph, Kiyosaki’s and Joe’s rich dads, and this young man’s uncle, many people have stepped in to the role of fathers and should also be appreciated and celebrated as fathers in the month of June and always. Who are they in your life?

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Pay attention to the father figures in your life. Maybe it is a biological father, an adopted father, a step father, a godfather, a foster father, a grandfather, an uncle, a single mother who has been both a mother and a father, a parent’s partner, a neighbor, or even a family friend. Who has taken you in and taken responsibility of you and your wellbeing? Who has protected you and provided for you? Who has loved and nourished you? Who has been a father to you in your time of need?


Make the intention to acknowledge, be grateful, and express your love to the father figures in your life during these Father’s Day celebrations in the month of June and throughout the year.


Take Action. Just as with your mother figures on Mother’s Day, reach out, express your appreciation, and show your love to the father figures in your life in person, if at all possible, over the phone, via FaceTime, Skype, or at least through email or text. If they are no longer alive or you have no way of getting a hold of them, you can send them positive grateful thoughts through prayer and meditation.

Who are the father figures in your life you would like to appreciate and celebrate? Share with us below. We would love to hear from you…


  1. SO beautifully written.

    • Thank you, Jan! I’m glad you liked it. Have a Happy SANO Day!


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