He didn’t nurture you inside him for nine months, but he sure was by your side, feeling your tiny kicks. He didn’t give birth to you, yet he was overwhelmed when he took you in his arms. He didn’t know it just then, but he changed forever the moment you entered his life.
He was probably scared the first time he saw you. He was worried he might harm you. After all, he’d never thought he could create something so precious. He’d never known he could feel so responsible for another life.
The journey from being a father to a dad wasn’t easy for him. From midnight feeding to putting you in the right school, from changing diapers to scrutinising your prospective life partner, your dad probably fussed over little things to make your life easier.
This Father’s Day, Soulveda celebrates dads, their unique parenting styles and all the quirks they come with:
The overprotective dad
He tucks you into bed and makes sure the room temperature is just right. He drops you everywhere, just so you don’t have to walk under the sun’s heat. He even checks the loo before you use it while travelling. And if you’re a daughter, he probably keeps boys off you.
Always prone to ‘daddy worries’, he’s the epitome of overprotectiveness. Think George Banks (Steve Martin) in the movie Father of the Bride. Crazy, yet adorable, he’s the kind of dad any child would love to have. This dad is so protective of his child, he forgets to protect himself. So, if your dad’s anything like him, you might want to make sure he doesn’t jump into your prospective in-laws’ pool, close to your wedding date.
The love-to-make-you-eat dad
On Mondays, he gets you pizza; on Tuesdays, pani puri. On Wednesdays, he brings home pasta; on Thursdays, Chinese take-out. Friday nights are his favourite; he gets you and your sibling(s) to the couch for a movie-night with a tub full of nachos and dip. Bet your mother doesn’t approve! Hungry or not, this dad’s always there to make sure you have plenty of food. Bonus points, if he can cook.
Shares Divyashree Bhatt, an undergraduate student, “My dad has always lived by a golden rule ‘Eat. You’ll feel better’, even if nothing’s wrong.” She recounts the time she’d gone to bed early, but how that didn’t stop her dad from feeding her. He waved spicy banana fritters near her nostrils, so the aroma would wake her up. “And of course, it woke me up. But I’m not complaining. I’m a foodie, thanks to my dad,” she says, laughing.
The proud papa
This dad can’t stop telling all and sundry about your accomplishments. In his eyes, you’re a unicorn that brings rainbow to his life. He’s probably been proud from the moment you were born. He’s never needed you to prove your worth.
So, have you ever felt mortified when your dad’s busy showing you off to the world? Graphic designer Dania Zafar has. She says, “Papa’s made a shrine out of my sister’s accomplishments, and mine. He’s actually created a display wall with our medals and trophies, so guests can’t miss it. Much to my discomfort. But I take that in my stride, because it makes him so happy.”
He probably let you fall several times as a baby, much to your mother’s anger. He’s the one that believes in making his children independent. He encourages you to make mistakes, learn from them and grow.