If you're contemplating this, and hoping future Father's Days could be different, I have one word of caution: Go into the situation with your eyes open, and don't expect anything in return.
I realize this is easier said than done. You'll never know the reward if you don't take the risk. If you expect the reward, though, you may be disappointed. And that's what could be keeping you frozen in fear.
When the pain of being estranged becomes stronger than your pride and your need to be "right," you'll know. And then making that phone call or sending that email may not seem as painful.
You may even want to send this article and a note requesting a convenient time for a phone chat. In addition to breaking the ice, it puts the decision in the other person's court. Both of you will have taken some risk and put "skin in the game."
And to those daughters -- and sons -- who don't have their daddies anymore, I'll leave you with part of a Facebook post from a childhood neighbor of mine, Michael Della Mea.
I thought of you today, but that is nothing new.
I thought of you yesterday -- and days before that, too.
I think of you in silence. I often speak your name.
All I have are memories -- and a picture in a frame.
Your memory's a keepsake from which I'll never part.
God has you in his arms; I have you in my heart.
Linda Arnold, MBA, is a certified wellness instructor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications company specializing in advertising, public relations, government relations and interactive marketing. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301, or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.