Growing up without my real father around was a little tougher than I made myself believe. As I look back on my childhood and the disconnect between us, I question how I never cried when he didn't call or how I never asked my mom many questions about him. Though my stepfather came in the picture shortly after, I always wished we had a closer relationship than we did. Now that I'm older though, I'm very appreciative of the relationship we did have and know that there are Father's Day quotes that perfectly convey how I feel.
My niece, though she's only a toddler, has a great relationship with her father. There's adornment in her eyes every time he opens the door to come home from work or every time he goes to pick her up from school. Although my first instinct was to always run to my mom, I get an extremely warm feeling seeing the way my niece reacts when her dad is around. Seeing those two together actually gives me a bit of the feeling I think I missed as a child and the feeling that I want my own children to have with their father.
It doesn't matter if it's a biological father's love or a stand-in father's love that you have. These 15 quotes will help explain exactly how you're feeling.
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me." — Jim Valvano
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much." — Hedy Lamarr
"I imagine God to be like my father. My father was always the voice of certainty in my life. Certainty in the wisdom, certainty in the path, certainty always in God. For me God is certainty in everything. Certainty that everything is good and everything is God." — Yehuda Berg
"I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom." — Umberto Eco
"[My father] didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." ― Clarence B. Kelland
"By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong." ― Charles Wadsworth
"No music is so pleasant to my ears as that word―father." ― Lydia Maria Child
"To her, the name of father was another name for love." — Fanny Fern
"It’s only when you grow up and step back from him–or leave him for your own home–it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it." — Margaret Truman
"The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family." — Reed Markham
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." — Sigmund Freud
"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters." — George Herbert
"Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that's why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right." — Wade Boggs
"It is a wise father that knows his own child." — William Shakespeare
"The greatest thing a father can do to his children, is to love their mother." — Anjaneth Garcia Untalan