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Happy Dads Day

By definition a man becomes a father when one of his sperm fertilizes an egg. It takes a lot more to become a dad.

I once overheard a young man say that he was going to visit "the sperm". When I asked he said he visited the sperm but he lived with his dad. It is a shame that he looked on his father with such disdain, but then knowing this child as I did I assume that he had just cause for his feelings. Perhaps his father had been only that--or as he said the supplying sperm.

To evolve from being a father to a dad one needs to love and nurture their children. They need to be there for them, to encourage, praise, and support them throughout life.

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GemOfAGirl wrote on June 16, 2014, 4:11 AM

A woman I once knew habitually referred to her ex-husband as "the sperm donor". At least she never (to my knowledge) said this in front of her child. Her second husband was a great guy, though - he treated her child as if he were his own.