Remember my words, my child. Many terrible things may happen to you once I am gone: Your stepmother may attempt to lock you away or murder you, your uncle may steal your inheritance, you may become an orphan with only a few animals or short men for friends.
In those dark days, you will have a flashback and hear my voice. When this happens, remember who you are. Remember you are the child of two loving parents who had untimely deaths just so you could one day marry royalty and live wonderfully, happily ever after.
If Disney Fathers Lived…
- Mufasa would have continued to rule in peace, Scar would have faded into obscurity, and Simba would have been trained to be a responsible and reliable lion prince.
- Snow White’s father may have discovered the Evil Queen’s secret lair and prevented the dark magic. He at least could have given his daughter good advice about hanging out with seven bachelors and riding off with random princes. It worked out for her, but a wise dad might have helped.
- Cinderella’s father would have realized Lady Tremaine’s less than pleasant nature, and either gotten a divorce or separation. If nothing else, he would have been able to make sure the stepsisters and Cinderella shared.
- Tiana and her father James would have opened a gumbo restaurant together, and Tiana would have had her dream earlier, and not been turned into a frog.
- England would have been stable, Wart/Arthur would have been raised as prince and taught actual matters of state, and the throne of an entire kingdom wouldn’t be determined by a parlor trick.
Fathers are not perfect. However…
Fathers are security. Fathers are support. Fathers are full of wisdom and frank honesty. Fathers are fun and playful. Fathers help us learn independence, to fix cars and household appliances, to laugh, to play, to be a responsible and reasonable human being.
In short, fathers are great.
As for my own father, here are a few things he has done for my siblings and me:
- Fixed our cars whenever they broke down or needed some repair
- Taught us to love Star Wars, Star Trek, and other actionated nerdy things
- Show by example how to be hard working and dedicated, to make sure the job gets done and done well.
- Been an example of being charitable and giving, to find and help those in need, whether family or acquaintances
- Driven hundreds of miles to rescue my sister and her broken down car so she could go back to school
- Put up with how loud and obnoxious all six siblings and I can be together, especially when singing “Happy Birthday,” and participating when necessary.
- Give my sisters and me the advice, “Don’t marry a man to change him.”
- Work hard to make sure the plumbing, electricity, and everything else works like it should.
- Taught my two older sisters, my brother, and myself how to drive, with a stick-shift. He is a brave man.
- Taught us to love airplanes.
To my own dad, and all the other dad’s out there, whether biological, adopted, or acquired through the road of life…
Happy Father’s Day
- Who’s your favorite Disney Dad?
- What have you learned from your own dad?
- How are you celebrating Father’s Day?
Other thoughts on Disney Dad’s:
Note: This is a follow up from my Mother’s Day post, which you can check out here.