Growing up, I had two role models—my dad and my brother. My brother was, and still is, my best friend. I can turn to him for advice, argue with him about Cleveland sports and talk to him about things I can’t talk to anyone else about. In fact, I can do this every day because, as you may have noticed, he also is a member of Team OverDrive.
When we were kids I always thought of our dad as a superhero. He was stronger than anyone I knew, was always there for us, and always had an answer for anything that could have been wrong. He never missed an athletic event and somehow managed to be both a full-time business owner and full-time father to four very needy kids. To this day, I still call my Pops every day, if only just to say hi.
A little over a year ago, a little miracle happened, and my brother became a dad for the first time as well. I’ve watched him through his daughter’s first year of life as he adjusted to being a father himself. One thing I’ve noticed is how similar both he and our Pops are. They know what to say, are always there for their children and are fiercely protective of their family. My brother won’t like to hear this, but he’s more like our father than I think he realizes.
We previously mentioned some titles that your patrons might enjoy during Mother’s Day. Well, in keeping with that theme, here are some titles for your collection that all the dads out there will enjoy:
“The Portable Dad- Fix-it advice for when Dad’s not around”: Dads always seem to know how to fix things. And if they don’t actually know, they do their best to make it up along the way and still act like they’re sure. When you begin living on your own, you start to appreciate all the little things that your father fixed on a daily basis. Steve Elliott’s charming guide can offer you advice on all those tasks that dad can’t help you with over the phone.
“Just like Dad Says”: Fathers always seem to have the right words for any situation, be it a toast, a breakup or a life-changing event. In these times, our dad always offered great advice, but he also was able to make us smile. Being funny can be as helpful as being smart. In Geoff Tibball’s book of fatherly wit, you’ll find both.
“Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend”: Bill Russell’s classic narrative about of his relationship with his coach, Red Auerbach, explores one of the more unlikely friendships you’ll find. It tells how two men, whose backgrounds could not be more different, came together out of a common goal. The Russell-Auerbach dynamic is similar to many relationships between fathers and their children. The two parties start out butting heads a lot, only to end up being closer than any friendship you ever thought possible.
Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the special bond that can only be formed by years of arguments, lessons and memories shared with Dad. While I’m not a father myself yet, I am fortunate to have two amazing examples on how to be a great dad. I want to wish a very happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, but especially to Jason and our Pops.
Adam Sockel is a Marketing & Outreach Specialist at OverDrive
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