A Father's Job

A father smiles in the face of adversity. Even though he hasn't strapped on a pair of skates in 30 years. Even though he will skate like a zombie in fast forward past herds of snickering teens. Because you ask him to.

A father doesn't always know the best or the right way to do things himself. In fact, his form is downright embarrasing sometimes. But he's there to pick you up as you try to figure it out. Because you expect him to.

A father makes the difficult seem easy. He may be on the verge of falling on his ass, but he'll put on a facial expression that makes it look like a cool Westside Story stage slide. Because you inspire him to.

A father brushes the melting ice off your pants, makes sure the coast is clear, gives you a little push, and lets go. Because you need him to.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there who get the job done, grit their teeth and wait till the kids are asleep to apply the Ben Gay.