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Our View: A great day for dads

The street's downward angle would take a 10-year-old boy mere seconds to reach the bottom on his Huffy bicycle.

There, where the quiet residential street intersects with Whitesburg Drive, cars were a smudge to the naked eye. No 10-year-old boy could stop his bike in time when hurtling toward certain doom.

That's why, cautiously watching the boy from the bottom of the hill, stood a father. He waited for his son to push forward and let gravity take control.

That man, and men like him across our nation, is the reason we'll celebrate them this Sunday, June 18, on Father's Day. They're the people who wake up early to mow the yard, crossing off that errand so they can attend an important tee-ball game. They rush from work early on a Thursday to make the school play on time.

Father’s Day gives all of us a chance to recognize our dads, remember the ones who are gone and to all of them say “Thanks.”

And they sneak away on a Saturday to watch their son speed down a hill on a brand new bike.

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Moms get the breakfast in bed on Mother's Day, which is, let's face it, the day that gets a majority of the limelight. There are carnations for them on the table next to a bright card signed by the family.

Dads get a tie before they truck out the grill for an afternoon on the back porch.

Father's Day gives all of us a chance to recognize our dads, remember the ones who are gone, and to all of them say, "Thanks."

Despite years having passed, their memories are thick in our heads.

One daughter had a closer relationship to her mother for most of her life. Dad stayed in the background, building the family business. When his wife died, the daughter convinced him to move here. His health wasn't great. He missed his wife. But for the 18 months he lived in Nevada County he grew close to his daughter, who saw him every day.

Then there's the father who had his son work hard jobs during the summer so he'd understand the meaning of real work. He worked early and late hours, but always found the time to play catch and coach a team. When the time came, he told his son to chase his own dreams.

Another dad raised two daughters. He planned to become a stay-at-home dad after 21 years in the Air Force, though one daughter suspects the kids — a handful before even hitting their teens — led him to a second career. He and his wife now spend their time traveling.

One father stayed engaged with each of his three sons, whether it was sailing, Boy Scouts, the guitar or theater. That dad drove his kids back and forth to these events, and would make a T-bone steak on swim meet days.

Another father was known as "The Colonel" and "The Benevolent Dictator." He had high expectations, called his kids "troops" and bounced quarters off their freshly made beds to see if they'd bounce. He also bragged about his children and treated his daughter like a queen.

Then there was the father who cut off his conversation and jumped into the pool moments after his son slipped underwater. The boy found himself on his dad's back, brought to the surface, saved. The man was a hero that day.

And, of course, there's the dad who, after waiting to grab his son before the Huffy bicycle sped into traffic, lowered his arms. The boy had turned and hit the curb. Safe and unhurt, he climbed off the bike and said:

Thanks, Dad.

The weekly Our View column represents the consensus opinion of The Union Editorial Board, a group of editors and writers from The Union, as well as informed community members. Contact the board at EditBoard@TheUnion.com.