This will be a short post, as I am about to fire up the grill.
Twenty three years ago, I almost lost my father when he had an aneurysm. At that time 95% of people died from the type of aneurysm he had, so needless to say, I am very greatful.
My wife was pregnant with our first child when my father had his aneursym and my sons almost missed the opportunity to meet their grandfather. My father has had a major influence on my sons' lives and I used to sit in awe whenever I would watch them interact when they were younger, thinking to myself how those moment would never have happened. I never knew my grandparents, they had all passed before I had the chance.
Life is short. If you are blessed to still have a father, make sure you let him know how greatful you are to have him in your life. If you are a father yourself, make sure your children know how much you love them and that you are there for them no matter what. If your relationship with your children or father is damaged, repair it before it's too late. If you are not currently in your children's lives, it's never too late to reach out. Even if you think they'll reject you, reach out anyway.
With violence increasing at alarming rates, more than any other time kids need the father in their lives. If you've been a bad father, start becoming a better one. Unless you're in the grave, it's never too late. If you need help, contact an organization like the Father Support Center or Better Family Life and let them know you want to become a better father, they will help you! To find other help resources, check out the 2016 ST. LOUIS AREA RESOURCE DIRECTORY.