Happy Father’s Day, Family Guys!


Fred and Frederick Colt Foutz at the Cincinnati Zoo, 1970s.

Fred and Frederick Colt Foutz at the Cincinnati Zoo, 1970s.

Fred Foutz, Father in Action

Happy Dad’s Day, dads everywhere.

I am grateful to have grown up with and benefited from the stellar example of my own dad, Fred Foutz, who showed me what it means to be an active, involved, in a word dad of a dad.

With three little dudes of my own, I can appreciate even more how important it is to have a good man in sons’ lives, to raise good men of their own.

Anytime in the ’80s, you could find us with Dad in the backyard or on a walk to the park, playing soccer, riding bikes, flinging the frisbee, shooting hoop.

As we got older, throughout the ’90s, more often than not I’d be on a run with Dad, or sharing a burger, or chatting about finances or anything at all long into the night on a drive back and forth to college. And he was always handy with a van and tireless arms to tote my stuff from one apartment to the next.

Today, I share a deeper appreciation for the moments my dad was always about most — family time. Whether it’s at the beach, sipping a cold brew over a hot grill, vegging out in front of a classic flick or, increasingly, watching the endless zip of the next generation.

They can zip away, knowing they’re never far from the watchful — and admiring — eyes of a father.

 

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Growing up, with Mom sometimes moonlighting at People’s Drugstore, Dad would be home to make us dinner and tuck us in.

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An early (recurring) bedtime project of Dad’s was introducing Dan and me to Mark Twain and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

 

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Vacations are always a favorite family event for Dad. Here, an early one, to Ocean City, Md.

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Have bike…

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… will travel, with DadPower (TM).

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Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

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One thought on “Happy Father’s Day, Family Guys!

  1. janetleyfoutz

    Loved this and I showed it to Dad. He loved it, too! Hope we didn’t interrupt the wedding!

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