ROBERTO VERINO

15 / 03 / 2016

Dad

Roberto Verino - Dad

Father’s Day is coming and I would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all those “hands-on” Dads.

According to the official RAE dictionary, “papa” [Dad] is (among other definitions) the colloquial term used to refer to the father, that is, 1 – The male who has engendered another being of his same species. 2 – The male who carries out the functions of a father.

Then, what is a Dad? A Dad is many things, but I remember something I read a long time ago and which I would like to pass on to all of you. I don’t know the name of the author of the text so, regrettably, I cannot credit him. I am sure that many of you will agree with his definition of what father means.

"A Father, what we are calling a Dad, is a champion because he can answer any question on Biology on the spot followed by another one on Math. He is a super hero because he dresses up as Superman and waits up for his children to come home from the party.

A Dad is a strange combination of wisdom and feelings; he knows when to say ‘No’ because it is right and when to say ‘Yes’ because it is appropriate. A Dad knows how to tread heavily when he has to and how to tip-toe at night nestling a cold, little body. He is the only one in the house who can chase a mouse and catch it. A Dad is like a piece of fruit which seems hard on the outside, but is soft and sweet on the inside. He is an orchestra director, the builder of a bird’s nest, the teacher in the School of Life. Dads have wallets filled with photos, cards, telephone numbers, dates, commitments… everything except money. A Dad is a lot like Mom but in a man’s body. If a diaper needs to be changed, he will change it. When the baby cries, he will console it. When his child laughs, he laughs too. Being a father is playing the role of king, not of a kingdom, but of love, understanding and wisdom."