"... Who might fatherhood have made me?" he poignantly asks. Quite possibly someone less solipsistic, someone more solid, more real, more reliable, more loving?
How do men grow into that magnificent thing, a good father, except by taking on the challenge? The most interesting thing about the new hit "Finding Nemo" is that it depicts, simultaneously, both a boy's journey toward manhood and a man's journey toward fatherhood. In defending his son, Marlin becomes someone bigger, better, stronger, more admirable and reliable than he had ever imagined possible.
He becomes someone who knows how to love and is loved. And admired. And emulated. To all the men who have made that journey, a Father's Day salute.
Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.