The True Meaning Of Fatherhood As Defined On-Air
As we celebrate father's day this weekend, we should all take a minute or two and think back of all the things your dad or grandfather has done for you. Whether big or small, some where along the way, your father has gone the extra mile for you just to ensure that you are happy.Being in the radio industry, we hear of many stories day-in and day-out. When you all take the time to pick up the phone and call the studio you often have a story for us, and for our listening audience. However, this past Friday night we were allowing you to call-in and brag on your dad as we go into Father's Day Weekend. One particular call that night has been with me since then. A young lady called and said that she had the best dad in the world. My reply was of the obvious as I asked her, "why is he the best dad?" Her reply that night will stay with me my entire career.
The soft spoken girl, and I forget her name at the moment, said her dad is the best dad in the world because he was always by her side. She explained that he was by her side in the toughest moments of her young life as she laid in a hospital bed for quite some time...at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. See, she was diagnosed with bone cancer, and her dad refused to let her walk alone during her fight. While the young girl received treatments for her cancer in Memphis, her dad was so determined to be by his daughter's side that he actually quit his job here in Acadiana.
And While I could hear it in her voice that she was about to cry as she told her story, little did she know that the story she was telling On-Air was the text book definintion of fatherhood. She would go on to say that there is no better feeling in the world than her dad's arms around her. Friends, what that little girl was saying is that every dad out there is a hero to someone. The conversation ended On-Air with some really good news for the little girl and her family as she informed us that her cancer is now in remission. To be honest with you all, I can't help but think that with all of the medicine she had to take during her battle with cancer, her dad's arms around her may have been the best type "medicine" anyone could have given her.
Take some time out this weekend and tell your dad you love them, and thank him for all that he has done for you. And for the many that called my show and said that there dad is no longer with them, I say still thank him...he's listening.
Happy Father's Day to all of the dad's out there!!! This one is for you!!!!