What Do You Love About Your Father? Post Your Answers by Friday! [Entries Closed]

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.” ~ Jim Valvano
(Quote image from Personal Excellence Quotes)

Hi everyone! :D In case you don’t know, it’s Father’s Day this coming Sunday (June 17). In many countries, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, and Singapore is no exception.

For this year’s Father’s Day, I thought I should do something special at PE. As all of you know, Father’s Day is a day to honor fathers and father figures alike. It is a day to celebrate fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society today. As such, I’d like to dedicate a special post to all fathers around the world this weekend, as a tribute to them for all they have given to us and the joy they have brought to our lives.

This coming Saturday, I’ll be posting a post titled “What I Love About My Father”. It’ll be tribute, consisting of what we (readers of PE) love about our fathers, be it a big thing or a small thing, a long entry or a short entry. I think that’s the best way to honor fathers and to showcase their splendor: via sharing the very things we love about them.

Regardless of who you are, where you are from, and whether you are celebrating Father’s Day this Sunday, I’d like YOU to join in this tribute. If the father figure who has been most relevant in your life is a guardian or a mentor, that’s fine; simply write about him. If your father has passed on (my heart is with you), I’d still love for you to join us and celebrate your love for your father by sharing what you loved most about him when he was still around.

Simply answer the following and post your answers in the comments section by June 15 (Friday), 11:59pm EST (Less than 40 hours as of the publishing of this post):

  1. What do you love about your father? I don’t have a specific word limit. Try not to go overboard and write an essay though. 5-6 lines will be an average target to go for; 10 lines will be the upper limit. (Though if you really, really need to write more than that, go ahead and do so.)Anything is welcome, as long as it celebrates your love for your dad! You can share an incident you had with your dad before, give an example of things you guys do, or just talk about your father in general. Feel free to give some background about you/your dad if you want.
  2. Include your name (or alias), country and state at the end of your tribute

That’s it! I’ll try to include as many of your entries as possible in tribute. Quality is important of course. Do a grammar and spell check before you submit. I don’t know how many entries we’ll get so I can’t guarantee 100% inclusion. The most important thing is you share your love for your father here with everyone. The final inclusion should be seen more like an added bonus.

Okay that’s it and look forward to reading your entries! Much love to you guys! ♥ Stay tuned for the official Father’s Day 2012 Tribute this coming Saturday! Once again, comments section will be closed on June 15 (Friday), 11:59pm EST.

Update June 16: Comments section is now closed! Thank you to everyone who responded! :D I’m collating the entries now and putting them in the tribute post. Stay tuned!

  • Cheryl

    What I love about my father, and have only come to appreciate in recent years, is how he simply accepts ‘what is’ in life. He seems to naturally embody “yoga”, which I’ve practiced and taught for many years! No matter what his experiences bring him (e.g. loss, joy, pain), he never comments or complains. Instead, he smiles and asks about your day. Happy Father’s Day, dad – I love you.

    New Brunswick

  • http://weighty-matters.blogspot.com CaroG87

    What I love most about my father… where to start? I love that he gave me a fantastic example of how to rise above everything. From a somewhat difficult childhood, not being able to finish high school, he just kept going, kept doing better, and gave his love and attention to everything. He got an associate’s degree, worked a variety of jobs, but I always knew he was there for me. I half-joke I’m still single because I’ll never find a guy who’s as good to me as my Dad. He still works each day (approaching 70) and I know he’s always in my corner. Best. Dad. EVER.

  • Shrikant

    My father taught me the realities of life. At times only he was earning he has to work hard as a primary teacher. He used to leave the village at 6.00 AM in the morning and return by 10.00 PM in the night. He travelled daily on bicycle from the village to school which was 7 kms away . He is a great father, and not less than a saint for me. He is an inspiration for us. I learned to move further in tougher times from him. Anything can be achieved with a positive attitude and without harming anybody. He quotes “Start early, follow ethics, think positive, use sense and do it “

    • Shrikant

      Thanks Celes’
      My father’s name is Mr. Mukundrao Nitalikar. I am from Nitali, Dist. Osmanabad (Maharashtra) India

  • Alexa Khan

    My father taught me to believe in myself. His favorite saying was” Can’t is in the book of fools” and this and many of his sayings have been my own internal motivational soundtrack throughout my life. “Procrastination is the thief of time”; ‘don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today”; Because of my father I understood from a young age that perseverance and hard work were the keys to everything in life; school, work, relationships.

  • Luna

    My father respects me by granting trust and freedom to me. He let me experience my life by my own way and only comments when it is necessary. He is a romatic, silent man. Thanks, papa. :hug:

  • Naveena

    My father is the hero of my life , teached me how to face the life with patience and brave. gave me whole freedom in my life.i :heart: him…

    I am lucky to have him as my father , each and every birth i need him as my father.

  • TSK. Raman

    Oh! My Father, he was quite an adorable gentleman.
    He loved our mom and was always faithful to her. He loved us, and had our best in mind always. We were disciplined, yet, he would nudge us to improve, but it never felt motivated by anger… only love. He was quick to forgive. We were taken care of. We did fun stuff and had nice things, but not pampered or spoit because he knew where to draw the line.
    He was unselfish. He loved his family – his father, mother, educated his brothers and sisters, and got them married too, all from his savings, despite looking after his immediate family which was us.
    He worked hard at his job not because of the money, but because he believed in what he did. He knew when to quit for the day. He loved eating meals together. He lived within his means. He knew the difference between want and need. He cared about people more than money. He looked for opportunities to serve… especially those who couldn’t help themselves, and was also generous.
    He was always honest, both to us and to others. I never remember him telling a lie.
    He knew the importance of keeping his body healthy – not for vain reasons, but to remain effective to this world as long as possible.

  • http://www.cheap-cell-phones-guide.com Wanxuan

    My father fed and carried me when I was a baby (though my traditional grandpa won’t agree to males doing chores), drove me to school everyday during my primary and secondary school years and always brings home some tasty food from outside for our family to share. He also does chores such as ironing, mopping (My mum is lucky hehe). While my mum is a go-getter and sometimes impatient, he is a relaxed sort of parent. It feels good chilling and watching occasional tv with him after finishing major tasks :D My family also enjoyed fun activities such as kite-flying and scrabble when I was young. He was never a vocal person and never said “I love you”, even to my mum, but his actions spell love :) I’m grateful for having my dad in my life! :heart:


    ma father is ma everything,i lke him much…

  • Mwansa Mentor

    The greatest gift dad gave me is, Responsibility of my Thoughts, Attitude and Actions. Told me the seed of greatness in Responsibility. He was a great man.

  • Hang

    My Dad has always been the one who readily listens to my troubles/concerns and gives me his best advice. But sometimes I think that his advice is irrelevant and ignore his sharing. Despite that, he would still support me and look after me. Thinking about him and his care for me always make me cry a lot, especially when I recall how he used to prepare meals and do housework for me so that I could concentrate on my study. I love him and am grateful for him being my Father. I hope I will soon find out my life purpose and live it fully to make my Dad proud of me.


  • Magdalena

    He has a sense of good movies and humor and knows perfectly all the best old time movies/

    • Magdalena

      He would sacrifice everything for me. Has great sense of humor, good music and excellent knowledge of old time movies. He isn’t perfect, but he is good and simple and loves me in his own way.

  • Susan

    My father carried a laminated quote in his wallet for years. Whenever I got stressed, he would take it out and tell me to read it. About a year before he died, he gave me the card to keep. He said he didn’t need it any more. It said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff. And it’s all small stuff. If you can’t fight, and you can’t flee, flow.”

  • Krys

    Through his life, and ultimately even his death, my father taught me that no obstacle is too large to overcome if I put my mind to it. On the road of life there are often many ups and downs, but they are part of the journey and experiencing them makes us who we are. In the end, all that matters is doing what we enjoy and sharing our life with the people we love.

    • Krys

      * -Krys Boston, MA USA

  • http://personalexcellence.co Celes

    Hey everyone, please include your name and country too! Add the information as a reply to your original entry. Thank you!

  • Julie

    What I love and appreciate about him is his patience, his manner to listen to others and take them into consideration, his inner strenght.

  • Vania P

    My father has taught me the importance of hard work and sacrifice not by only his words but through HIS examples. As a child I saw him awaking extra early to take care of the animals in our farm and absorbing long hours of traffic to and from work. He would often teach morals by saying ‘a liar is a thief, a thief is a murderer’. This proverb taught me the importance of honesty and has assisted me in decisions and situations I have faced in life so far. I have learned from him that hard work brings rewards and nothing is much worth without sacrifice. I would also like to mention someone who has touched my life in a remarkable way. He embraced me with love and support when I felt the world abandoned me during my trials. His name is Ramsawak Hayban and even though he is in another world, I feel he is still with me guiding and protecting me with his love and care where I am. He has also taught me the power of love and faith. Thank you daddy and thank you Mr. Hayban- may you both be forever blessed with health & happiness.

    Vania P
    Trinidad and Tobago
    West Indies

  • Joseph

    No matter what I do or no matter what I say. I for a fact,know my dad will be there to support me.

  • Julie

    I remember my father when he was still alive, I was in high school he used to carry me from flood barrier just to go to school. He never argue with my mother. He never raised his voice even he’s so mad. I miss him so much that I always remember him during fathers day. He is one of nicest person in this world…its too bad that I didn’t got a chance to show him how much appreciate the value of his personality.

    Julie from Philippines
    Live in Vancouver, Canada

  • http://charuzu.wordpress.com Charles

    Fathers Day is celebrated in September her in Australia.

    Sadly, my father died in 1975 when I was in my last year of school. When I think
    about him now, he was a quiet man who enjoyed listening to classical music and opera,
    enjoyed woodworking and made a desk for me which my daughter is now using.

    What I loved about him was that he supported my interests and activities (electronics!)
    as he as was an engineer. I wished I had developed a stronger communication
    and bond with him in my teenage years – but that is easy to say now that my adolescent years are past.

    What I remember the most was that he was always there supporting our family and providing a pillar of strength.

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