I worry about my kids daily and have to ask, why can't every day be Father's Day? Geraldo Rivera
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With five children, three of them girls, the celebration of Father’s Day is a great Rivera family tradition. Despite our world gone mad, it means breakfast in bed for good ol' dad and the unique luxury of being the pampered center of attention.
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It doesn’t happen every day. The women of the Rivera clan, Erica, my wife of almost two decades, older daughters Isabella and Simone, and Sol, who at 14 is the last one home, are high-powered, independent and usually not given to excessive displays of paternal affection.
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I know they’re crazy about me, but they’re often too busy to show it. Plus, they hate my politics and lovingly mock everything from my tediously sincere 1960’s-era folksy music to my middle of the road political moderation. Dad is usually the ancient mariner, befuddled, creaky, analog, unhip and old fashioned, but beloved, especially on and around Father’s Day.
I worry about my far-flung flock daily. There is an old saying that “you are only as happy as your unhappiest child” and every evening I run down the list of offspring and assess how each is doing.
In our home, this holiday is just that, a pleasant antique, a throwback to the days of "Father Knows Best," a television show that ran when Eisenhower was president and cars had fins. Today I’m the brilliant, can do no wrong daddy.
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When they’re home, and even from a distance they slow down and shower me with attention that gains in significance the older I get and the stronger and more independent they become.