Niagara Gazette


April 26, 2013

HAMILTON: Good fathers are the best Mothers Day gifts


Niagara Gazette — Of course, I wanted to know how he knew. He said that one day, when the two of them were outside playing, I stopped by to see my little girl. He said that when she saw me, she said to him, “There’s my father.”

I frowned, and then asked the now-young man, “What did you say?”

He said, “I told her that he was my father, too!”

While it might be hard to be a dad, and it does require sacrifice, I have found that it usually takes but about 15 minutes a day. Before I had kids of my own, there were a dozen or so neighborhood kids on my street, who, after work, I would go across the street and spend about 15 minutes playing with all of them — until they wore me out.

By the end of the summer, most of those kids would come on my porch where I was sitting, we would talk for a few minutes and they would say, “Kenny, I wish that you were my father.”

I would have to explain to them that they had a father who loved them very much, but I appreciated what they said. The times that I had with them, and the words that they said to me, helped me to be a better father to my own kids.

So fellas, when you are deciding what it is that you are going to get your own mother for Mothers Day, how about getting something special for the mothers of your own children; and that is by being a great and stable dad to them. It is a reflection of how your own mother raised you and it is the greatest Mothers Day present that any man can give.

Let the kids give your mother the cards, flowers and dinner — even if you have to pay for them yourselves.

Contact Ken Hamilton at

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