By Tom DiFrancesca
Happy Father’s Day to all of the men out there who have gallantly taken on the responsibilities of that office — keep up the good work.
I found a couple of interesting Web sites dedicated to today’s holiday, but one stands out above the rest:
there you will find the history of Father’s Day, famous quotes about fathers and the ability to send an Internet greeting card — if you haven’t already done so.
If you jump over to:
you’ll find some very nice Father’s Day poetry that’s very touching.
Anyone into word search puzzles? An online version of a Father’s Day word search can be found at
If you visit the google.com search engine and type in “father’s day,” you’ll find more than 500,000 links that deal with that subject. Might take you a while to visit most of them.
–I’d like to dedicate the rest of this column to my father, Tom DiFrancesca Jr. I love you, Pop.
I grew up with a real live action hero — my dad!
When he wasn’t rescuing injured pilots from burning military aircraft, he was eating smoke and putting out structure fires in the heart of frigid Alaska and numerous other places around the country.
When his country called, he honorably served three tours in Southeast Asia — no regrets. When his God called he laid down his pride, repented of his sins and gave his heart to Jesus Christ.
When his children call, he does everything in his power to help them — selfless dedication. I have learned to appreciate this man and respect him not only as my father, but also as a servant of God.
If he had not raised my siblings and I as he did, you would find me now living some shallow empty life, just barely existing — I almost did that.
Because of the strong moral, ethical and spiritual values that my father instilled in me, I was able to overcome the hard times that came my way for a long season.
Because of the example that my dad set before me I was able to remember back when I was a child, and cling onto the things that he tried to teach me then.
How much smarter my father is now than when I was a rebelling teenager — I’m so sorry for my early ignorance, Pop.
I watched God slowly transform my father into a new man and have joyfully watched through the years as has never ever given up on the Father of us all — no matter the circumstances.
As I grew up I always thought of my dad as Superman, John Wayne, and G.I. Joe — all rolled into one.
I still do.
Tom DiFrancesca III is a freelance writer and a resident of Clovis. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.trackertom.com