Today is Father's Day, a day set aside to celebrate paternal bonds and honor fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers — all men who have raised or help raise children. There are countless famous (and not so famous) quotes about fathers. However, for me, the verse from this 1969 song* best expresses the truest sentiments about love for a father:
Think I'll color this man father
I think I'll color him love
Said I'm gonna color him father
I think I'll color the man love, yes I will
This post is for Grenville, who is a very special father and grandfather (and husband too.)
And, in memory of our dads, who would have also celebrated their birthdays this month, and sadly passed away many years ago.
* Color Him Father was a hit song released in 1969 by The Winstons,a R&B group. The song is a sentimental ballad wherein a young boy expresses his love for his stepfather, a hardworking and generous man who married his widowed mother and raised her children as his own.
The use of the word "color," in the song, refers to “label” or “call.”
Color Him Father sold over 1 million copies, and was awarded a gold record by the Recording Industry Association of America in July 1969. The song was composed by Richard Lewis Spencer, lead singer for The Winstons, who was awarded a Grammy for Best R&B song in 1970.
Wishing all dads a very Happy Father's Day