Men can get a bad rap, just watch any sitcom or commercial on TV and you'll know what I'm talking about. They seem out of touch, a little clueless and pathetic. They certainly aren't shown as the head of the household.

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It's a little sad how they can be portrayed and in some cases it might be true but for the most part, it is not. There is one man in my life that's been a leader for as long as I've known him and that's my dad, Carl "Bugs" Pitcher.

He's not only the head of the household but he was my Little League coach and taught me to pitch softball. He was the co-leader (along with my mom) of the Methodist Youth Fellowship group. He's a man of faith and integrity that I respect him so much.

Today, December 8th, it is his 80th birthday and he is still going strong. His friends call him "Bugs", I call him "Pops", and you can call him anything that you like...especially if you want to buy him a cup of coffee at Jones' Store in Warren Center, Pa.

The Man That Has Made A Difference

I'm so proud to call him my Dad and if I've been half the father that he's been then I think that I've done a good job. This man has made a difference in my life and my daughter, Tara.

She's gone deer hunting a few times with my dad, she hasn't had any luck in the woods but I think they enjoyed the time together. I'm glad of glad that she hasn't shot a buck yet because I don't know how she'll handle the deer going down.

Happy birthday Pops and I'm so proud to be your son. I've said this many times and I'll say it again. Any mistakes that I've made as a man or father are NOT the fault of my dad. I thank God for you.

Finally to all the dads and fathers out there, take care of your family. You'll regret it if you don't and if something should unexpectedly happen to you, don't leave a mess for your spouse or children to clean up.

Okay, I'm off my soapbox. Whose is the man that's made a difference in your life?

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