Fathers Day is this Sunday, and just like moms, dads deserve our gratitude.

Dads inspire us to be curious about the world and look farther than our front door.

arthur weasley
Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter)

They teach us how to adventure, even if it’s not in the way they intended.

adventure dads
Henry Jones (Indiana Jones), Stephen Miles (Inception)

They teach us the difference between right and wrong, and how to have the strength to fight for what you believe in.

moral dad
Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird), Christopher Gardner (Pursuit of Happyness)

Some are in charge, leading more than just their family, though they treat everyone with love.

king dads
King Triton (The Little Mermaid), Mufasa (The Lion King)

Some are working men, who focus on their family with all their heart.

family dads
Clark Griswold (Christmas Vacation), Burt Hummel (Glee), Bob Belcher (Bob’s Burgers)

There are dads who decide they don’t want to be dads, they leave their families, leave their children, and if they return, it’s half-hearted and disingenuous.

bad dads
Lou Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air), Roger Peralta (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

But when that happens, when a father can no longer be the father, there is usually someone else who is willing to do more than anyone asked of them, and raise the family that isn’t his to raise. These men are the ones who save the world, by saving one child.

new dads
Uncle Ben (Spider-Man), Alfred Pennyworth (Batman), Remus Lupin (Harry Potter)

Even if they aren’t always the best at it, at least they tried.

other dads
Ned Stark (Game of Thrones), Yondu (Guardians of the Galaxy)

So take a moment today to remember all the things your dad has done for you. And remember, your dad isn’t necessarily your father.

Love you Dad, hope you have a good Father’s Day.

Dedicated to Don Tasker and Jason Nielsen

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