Clarence Budington Kelland's said, "He didn't tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it." That is a father for you, in brief. The special person whom we call dad is just a little more than a fender and a caretaker. He is someone who believes you, shields you, teaches you to brave the world, and above all, shows you how to live the right way. Father's day is celebrated across the globe as a homage to father's for being so special. This day is especially meant to honor the unsung heroes who mean a world to every kid. Every man knowingly or unknowingly nurtures a dream to become a good father, just like a child who dreams of making his parents proud. Hence, every father wants to motivate his children to become able citizens of the society, and for that purpose they tell them stories in their formative years. On this day, you can also tell a few motivational stories which are related to Father's Day. Here are a few stories to help you.
Father's Day Storytelling
A Father's Eyes
A teenager lived alone with his father, and the two of them shared a very special relationship. Even though the son was always on the bench in the football ground, his father was always in the stands, cheering. He never missed a game.
This young boy was the smallest in his class when he entered high school, but his father continued to encourage him, making it very clear that he did not have to play football if he didn't want to. Yet, the young man loved football and decided to hang in there. He was determined to do his best at every practice and kept the hope alive that perhaps he would get to play when he became a senior.
All throughout high school, he never missed a practice or a game, but remained a bench warmer throughout. His father was always in the stands with words of encouragement. When the young man went to college, he decided to try for the football team as a "walk-on." Everyone was sure he could never make the cut, but he did. The coach admitted that he kept him on the roster because he always puts his heart and soul into every practice and at the same time provided the other members with the spirit they badly needed. The news that he had survived the cut thrilled him so much that he rushed to the nearest phone and called his father. His father shared his excitement and was sent season tickets for all the college games. This persistent young athlete never missed practice during his four years at college, but he never got to play in the game.
It was the end of the senior football season, and as he trotted onto the practice field shortly before the big playoff game, the coach met him with a telegram. The young man read the telegram and became dead silent. Swallowing hard, he mumbled to the coach, "My father died this morning. Will it be all right if I miss practice today?" The coach put his arm gently around his shoulder and said, "Take the rest of the week off, son, and don't even plan to come to the game on Saturday."
Saturday arrived and the game was not going well. In the third quarter, when the team was ten points behind, a young man quietly slipped into the empty locker room and put on his football gear. As he ran onto the sidelines, the coach and his players were astounded to see their faithful teammate. "Coach, please let me play. I've just got to play today." said the young man. The coach pretended not to hear him. There was no way he wanted his worst player on field in this close playoff game. However, the young man persisted and finally feeling sorry for the kid, the coach gave in. "All right," he said. "You can go in."
Before long, the coach, the players and everyone in the stands could not believe their eyes. This little player who had never played before was doing everything right. The opposing team could not stop him. He ran, he passed, blocked, and tackled like a star. His team began to triumph. The score was soon tied. In the closing seconds of the game, the kid intercepted a pass and ran all the way for the winning touchdown. The fans broke loose. His teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders. Such cheering you have never heard!
Finally, after the stands had emptied and the team had showered and left the locker room, the coach noticed that the young man was sitting quietly in the corner all alone. The coach came to him and said, "Kid, I can't believe it. You were fantastic! Tell me what got into you? How did you do it?" He looked at the coach with tears in his eyes and said, "Well, you knew my dad died, but did you know that my dad was blind?" The young man swallowed hard and forced a smile, "Dad came to all my games, but today was the first time he could see me play, and I wanted to show him I could do it!"
He walks into the room and everybody looks his way,
He is a handsome older man, with just a touch of gray.
He carries himself perfect, with an air of elegance,
Not proud or arrogant like some, that makes the difference.
The restaurant we are meeting at, is lit so very dim,
But I can see the other ladies, staring straight at him.
He is so neat and well dressed, looking like a movie star,
And all the ladies watch him as he stops there by the bar.
I see the other ladies watching as he stops to linger,
And watch them poke their lady friends, and gesture with their finger.
I am so proud as I sit here, and watch their little show,
I'm the one he's asking for, but right now they don't know.
I know he'll make me feel so proud, when they know he's with me,
What they don't know, is he's much more than just what they can see.
Oh, yes he is a handsome man, as all the ladies know,
But, he is so much more to me, than what appearance shows.
He is the greatest man I've known, and treats me tenderly,
But sometimes in the past he felt he had to punish me.
I understand his methods now, and all has turned out well,
These ladies, who are watching him, should hear what I could tell.
And now he's meeting me today and it will be my treat,
The ladies are still whispering and wonder whom you'll meet.
You start walking to the table as you wave at me,
And as I smile, I also feel their eyes full of envy.
The whispers increase now as toward me you begin to walk,
I smile because you're twice my age, and now I know they'll talk.
She is so lucky they will say, I've heard it all before,
But what they don't know is this handsome man is so much more.
He's everything a man could be and he is my hero,
And as you reach the table I let everybody know.
How proud I am that you're with me and you're a total winner,
I proudly say, "It's Father's Day, Hi Dad, I'm buying dinner!"
Father's day storytelling has almost become a tradition. To pick up a story, continue reading this article.