Tomorrow is Father’s Day so in honour of all the dads out there I thought I’d do a post today about some wonderful things that we can learn from dads. From dads in cartoons, to those in the animal kingdom, to movie dads and even a little about my own dad.
The animated movie, Finding Nemo, is one of the cutest stories about the relationship between a father and their growing child. Nemo’s Dad, Marlin, is a very loving father and also protective. As Nemo is getting older Marlin still wants to protect him from the world but needs to learn to give him a little bit of independence. One day, after ignoring his father, Nemo gets scooped up by fisherman. Marlin is distraught at the thought of having lost his only son and goes on a big adventure to find him.
He loves little Nemo so much that it didn’t matter how big the ocean was, or how many scary things were out there, he was determined to find his son. And in all of this adventure he demonstrates to his son that you should never give up. I’m sure most of you have seen this movie, but if you haven’t I really suggest you do. It’s simply beautiful and funny too.
And from one animal to another, the real life cassowary. Just before Winter each year, the female cassowary, mates with various males and then lays several groups of 3-5 eggs from different fathers. The eggs are generally green to blue in colour and are about 14-15 cm long. The male cassowary is solely responsible for incubating the eggs and raising the young. They sit on the nest for 50 days until the eggs hatch. The single dad then teaches the yellow and brown striped chicks how to scavenge and by nine months they become independent. I believe this is also a common scenario with the Australian emu too. What a true daddy hero!
There is one great movie moment that always comes to mind when I think about a wonderful father… The Pursuit of Happyness. In this movie, Will Smith’s character is trying to make the best life he can for him and his son. And there is a touching part of the movie where the father realises that being a good dad is all about encouraging your children to follow their dreams. (See the clip below). And the best part of this inspirational movie? It’s based on a true story.
And lastly, but by no means least, one of the lessons I learnt best from my dad was to always do your best. Whenever I did an activity or a challenge as a child or a teen (or even now for that matter) the last thing Dad says to me is, ‘Knock ’em dead, girl’. This is his way of encouraging me to do the very best I can. And I do. Thanks Dad for such wonderful lessons in life and for being the best Dad a girl could ever want. Happy Father’s Day!
What other stories can you share about a special lesson from Dad? Whether it’s your own dad, or a dad from a movie or something else, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for reading.
‘Til next time,