Sunday, June 21, 2015

For Father's Day...A Salute to Dads Real and Fictional

I did something similar to this on Mother's Day, so I figured the dads deserve equal time. With a wish for all of you and your dads to have a great day--my own dad has been gone twenty-four years now, and I miss him now as much as I did right after he passed away--I'm going to pose the same question I did on Mother's Day.

Which of these TV or movie dads is most like your own dad?

Jim Anderson, Father Knows Best

Ward Cleaver, Leave it to Beaver

 Archie Bunker, All in the Family

Al Bundy, Married with Children

Jay Pritchett, Modern Family

Dan Conner, Roseanne

Jonathan Kent, Smallville

Howard Stark, Iron Man 2

Odin, Thor and Thor: The Dark World 

As for my own dad, he reminds me most of Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless--not the obscenely wealthy, ruthless tycoon, but the man with the troubled past who grew up without a real family, the father who would do anything to protect his children but could be too overbearing when they didn't react as he wanted them to. Like Victor, Dad didn't have a role model to show him how to be a good father, so he had to learn as he went along. He didn't always get it right, and he never felt truly appreciated, but the bottom line was that he loved me--and he was a wonderful grandpa to Collin.

I miss you, Dad. When I leave this world, you and Mom had better be there waiting for me, or else!


  1. Lovely tribute. My dad died when I was young, but I don't think a single day goes by that I don't think of him and miss him.

  2. Hugs, my father has been gone for thirty-four years. He really wasn't like any of those fathers. He was an Iowa farmer that loved the Lord, his family, and the plants and animals that he grew. He was a wicked pinochle player who remembered every card played.

    1. there's a game I haven't heard mentioned in years! My dad was a poker man--and one of the best buffers I ever encountered!

    2. That was supposed to be "bluffers!"

  3. This is a lovely post.
    I am sure you Dad and Mum will be waiting for you.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Thanks, Gayle. I have a lot I need to say to both of them.

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    1. Thanks, Ivy. It doesn't feel like 24 years.

  5. I'm not sure any of these dads are a perfect fit Norma, the closest being a Scottish version of Ward Cleaver :)

    1. That creates a very interesting mental picture, Grace!

  6. Days like this get one thinking of a parent when they're gone.

    I was starting to wonder which would be most fitting, but I'll have to say Odin.


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