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Super Bowl Commercials Reach Out to Fathers

It wasn’t a humorous Budweiser or Doritos commercial that stood out to me this Super Bowl. Rather, it was the car commercials that depicted the journey of fatherhood.

Car companies Toyota and Nissan both featured commercials that touched on the importance of being a father. Anytime “Cats in the Cradle” is playing in the background, some hearts will be tugged.

As I sat watching, it made me reflect on my own life and the responsibilities of someday, hopefully, being a dad. I commend these companies for their well done and memorable commercials.

It is good to see the role of the father being put in the spotlight. So many children in our culture come out of broken homes and families without fathers.

I enjoyed watching the McDonald’s ad telling how some people will be able to pay for their food with a dance or a call to mom telling her they love her. This is a fantastic idea, and I fully support it, but I found it kind of sad not one of the times did it mention calling up your dad and telling him you love him.

All the time on TV we see people wave to the camera and say “Hi mom!” Seldom it seems, do people ever wave and say “And hi dad!”

As men, many have failed to fill the father-shaped shoes that are so important. I can’t even imagine where I would be in my life if I had not had my dad as a strong role model. His guidance and advice got me through many hard times, even if, at the time, I didn’t want to hear it.

He was there when I proclaimed how my dad was the best in elementary school and there when I thought he was obsolete as a young teenager. Now, as a 22-year-old, I see the wisdom and patience he had with me.

Being a father is a great responsibility. I believe it is something every young man should think about every now and again. Hearing “Cats in the Cradle” makes me think about what kind of dad I will be someday and how that is a big job to take on.

Children need a strong role model to show them the ropes in life and to be there when things are good but also when things are bad. I give credits to both Nissan and Toyota for stressing the importance of the relationship between father and child.

It is our job to make a good example and raise up the generation that will eventually take our place in the world. To all the dads out there who are taking time for your kids, teaching them to improve where you went wrong and being a role model for them: thank you.

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