On Father’s Day Celebrate Ordinary Fathers – They Are Heroes

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Today, on Father’s Day, it is common for people to celebrate single mothers who say they do the job of fathers and mothers. I am not one of those celebrants. I am not taking anything away from all the single mothers who work so hard on their own to raise children and do a good job. Instead, I am saying it is not asking too much that on one day out of the 365 days in the year that we celebrate fathers, regular everyday fathers. Especially on Father’s Day, a holiday named for fathers. In my world, there are fathers who get up go to work and take care of their wives and children not out of obligation, but out of love and a desire to do so.

Let’s celebrate fathers who may  not heroes to the world, but  mean everything to their wives and children.

You don’t hear people talk about them often, but there are men who marry a woman, have children with her and then spend their lives doing everything they can to make their wives and children happy. I know they exist because I married one of them. News reports constantly talk about divorce rates and marriages that fall apart. Divorce is such a common and acceptable part of life that “Divorce Court” is one of the most popular  shows on television and its Facebook page gets an incredible amount of interaction. But, where is the “Happily Married with Kids” television show. It doesn’t exist. It is boring and unexciting so it is not on television or news reports.

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Since there is no television show, big budget movie or book series, I will celebrate it here. My children and I want to give a big Father’s Day shout out to their father of 19, 12 and 8 years and my husband of 25 years.  Here  is what my children say is their favorite thing about their father.

  • he’s a good listener
  • he hangs out with me and talks to me
  • he takes me out places on my birthday
  • even though I am a vegetarian, on Fried Chicken Friday he lets me eat chicken skin

 

When you look at this list there is nothing exciting.

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I am working with the Campaign for Fair Education Funding, and I am helping speak out for students across Pennsylvania.  I am being compensated, but as always all opinions are my own. #FairFundingPA

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There are two types of students in Pennsylvania. The ones who go to schools that are adequately funded, and the ones who attend schools that are struggling to meet their basica needs. There is hope for students at schools that are financially strapped. That help comes in the form of an adequate and equitable Basic Education Funding formula—something the Campaign for Fair Education Funding is striving to achieve. The campaign’s mission is to ensure that Pennsylvania adopts and maintains such a system of funding public education by 2016.

The Campaign for Fair Education Funding is made up of organizations and people (you can hyperlink organizations and people with http://fairfundingpa.org/about/campaign-members.) that, collectively, represent Pennsylvanians from every corner of the state, such as education advocates, teachers and school administrators, church congregations and business leaders.

 

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According to the National Center on Education Statistics’ 2015 report, Pennsylvania has the widest funding gap between wealthy and poor school districts of any state in the country.

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