Hopefully many of you reading this are fortunate enough to still have your moms and dads with you, and some of you may be parents yourselves.
Sadly for me, and for my wife, our parents are just a loving memory, but happily, we are blessed to have our children living nearby and even to have our first grandchild.
For many of us, we are in that special time of the year when the memories of Mother’s Day are still fresh in our minds and at the same time, we are starting to have our first thoughts about what we are going to be doing for Father’s Day. Which begs the question, “What is the difference between a mom and a dad?
WARNING: STEREOTYPE ALERT!!!
I’m sure that each of you has your own opinions, which I would love to hear, but for me, it’s an easy question with a simple answer, which can be expressed, in two simple rules:
Rule #1 – Moms are easy going and forgiving. Dads are tough, but usually fair.
There is only one caveat to this rule. It only works if you’re a guy.
Rules #2 – Moms are critical and demanding. Dads will let you have whatever you’d like.
Again, there is a caveat to this rule too. It only applies if you’re a girl.
Think about it.
Little boys learn at a very early age that when dad says, “NO!” there is a court of higher appeal. And the best part of it is that you don’t even have to present your case to this appeals court…you just look and act down, and maybe give your mom an extra long, but silent hug before going to bed with a sad little smile and wave while heading up the steps towards your bedroom. Then magically, just like the tooth fairy, the next day your mom will have made it all better.
Little girls, (who approximately ten out of ten times are sharper and more manipulating than their brothers) can simply turn their mother’s, “ABSOLUTELY NOT YOUNG LADY” into a same day “OK SWEETIE” from their dads with just a hint of a tear followed by a their own crushing hug.
Of course, more and more today, some parents are both mom and dad to their children, and they deserve our respect, admiration, and I believe they are also entitled to celebrate both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!
Whatever your own family situation was and is, I hope you take this time to reflect on all of the blessings you enjoy because of both your mom and your dad. And if you are fortunate enough to still have them around, make that hug last just a little longer.