Tuesday 19 June 2012 – In a Father’s Day address to the nation, Prime Minister Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony invited all fathers, step fathers and grandfathers to take time to contemplate their roles as fathers.
The reality of Saint Lucian society, the Prime Minister said is far from perfect, with many families hurting due to difficult situations arising from abusive men and irresponsible fathers.
“Men, we cannot be macho and proclaim to be men if we don’t try our best to be good fathers. Perhaps the words of Pope John the twenty third are an apt point: “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”
The Prime Minister paid tribute to the many single mothers who toil hard to perform the roles of both mother and father to their children.
Also, Dr. Anthony said there are many uncles and grandfathers who step in and play a supporting role where fathers are not around. “To the dads who need to mend “things” with their children and families, be brave and take the first step. Bring peace, joy and love to your families. To the men who are doing a great job supporting their families and loving their children as best as they can, keep at it, and be role models for all. To the single dads, and those who have adopted children into families of love, I pay special tribute to you.”
Prime Minister Anthony who is himself a proud father of three urged all fathers to look back at their successes and failings of the past; and to see how the relationships and the paths that they have chosen for their lives can be enhanced by their future decisions.