As these movies suggest, fatherhood isn't easy, and it certainly isn't cheap. To be a good dad requires dedication, hard work and, yes, sacrifice.
There were perks to being a dad back in the day. My grandpa (who I’m told was a dad once, too) had his special easy chair that no one else sat in. He could pick the best piece of fried chicken. He drove my grandma everywhere she went — and in those days before I could drive, that seemed as big a perk as I could imagine.
What I didn’t understand back then was how hard he worked and how much he sacrificed for his family — the long hours, the anxious nights, the stresses that come with being a dad. I’m sure he would have sold even his easy chair if it could have helped one of his daughters.
Most dads sacrifice a great deal for the people they love. What that sacrifice looks like, and how much it hurts, varies from family to family. Even in our entertainment, we occasionally see that sacrifice run the gamut, too.
Streaming services are offering a handful of movies that provide a glimpse of some fathers who give a lot (and maybe one or two who just think they do) to their families. A couple are new online. Most are free (if you subscribe to a given service). All come with a caveat or two. But they do eloquently speak about what it means, and what you give, to be a father.