father: one who has begotten a child, whether son or daughter; a generator; a male parent.
Many times I wonder if Webster understood what a daughter’s definition is of “father.” Today a dad can mean anything from the guy who gave you 23 of your 46 chromosomes to the man who loved you everyday since the day you were conceived. I would argue that the “genetic donor” definition is most popular among most, but does that make it correct? According to the Merriam-Webster, ” a man who has begotten a child” is all it takes to make a father.
The question every man and woman, daughter and son, have to ask themselves is how their individual life experience has formed this definition. We rarely contemplate how definitions vary but just like everything else … it’s relative. Many of us never think about how we have become the person we are or even how our hands are accomplishing their tasks, but I urge you to start.