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Mom Talk: Father’s Day 'Not About a Gender'

Have a question about parenting? Email columnist ReneMarie at rmproductions777@aol.com.

On Sunday, June 19, we are reminded to pay tribute to the special father figures in our lives! Do you remember going fishing with your dad or uncle? Or as a child sitting with your  step father while he reads a book to you? Or going to a Yankee game with your cousins? Or being invited to a special breakfast with your grandfather? These are just a few of the divine moments in our lives which we treasure and carry deep in our hearts.

Our father figures are men who guide us throughout our lives. They quietly see the special gifts that we bring to the world and somehow know how to help us evolve. They work to put a meal on our tables and roofs over our heads. How about the brave woman who heroically must be wear both hats in her family? Father’s Day is not about a gender, but what the father figure represents. Strength, stability, compassion, fun, dedication and that unconditional love which come from their souls.

The life lessons that my father, who is a soft angelic distinguished man, has imparted to me are my backbone. Every month, when we write our rent check, I slip a small hand-written note into the envelope affirming, “Thank you for being my daddy.” A moving and very heartwarming song I perform, in my “Seeds of Love” Concert is called Landslide, originally performed by the one and only Stevie Nicks:

Oh mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides
Can I handle the seasons of my life?
Mmm mmm I don’t know
Mmm mmm
Mmm mmm

Well I’ve been afraid of changing ‘cause I
Built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Children get older, I’m getting older too

I always dedicate this vocal to my dad because it speaks of the inner knowing that I must let go, with the stable awareness that he is not going away. My dad is holding on to the kite string, allowing me to soar and fly, as the winds of life take me on a journey. Once in awhile, Looking down to see him.Knowing that if something goes wrong he will always catching me if I fall! Dust me off and help me to mend my wings and fly once again.  

Every June, as he sits rocking on his front poach, we ask him what would you like for Father’s Day. His response: “Peace, no arguing, get along with one another and enjoy your life.”

Take a few minutes and find that extraordinary gift that you would like share on Father’s Fay or every day. Possibly you too could share the gift of peace and pure love with your father or father figure as we honor my dad’s requests. It’s a treasure that will not only touch your home but will make a huge impact in our world. Here are some suggestions:

  • Go bowling at

  • Share in conversation over nunch at the
  • Treat dad to a personal chef—
  • Buy a series of car washes from  

RenéMarie of Hawthorne is a singer, writer and performer. She has founded RM Productions Company in late 2001 with a modest vision. Today she is guided and driven to expand that vision with greater plans for entertaining, producing, motivating and inspiring people through song, producing an Aphasia Language of Love Telethon (she is a stroke survivor), and giving back to others through her Seeds of Love Ministry. Visit her website, www.renemarieproductions.com, call her office at 973-985-0420, or email her at rmproductions777@aol.com

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