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Reflections on fatherhood

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Father’s Day, which this year falls on June 18, celebrates an estimated 70.1 million fathers in the United States.

Forty percent of them say their ideal gift is to spend quality time with their families, according to a Pew Research Center survey. Another 22 percent say they don’t want any gifts.

Jim Smith, 43, can identify with those sentiments. His favorite thing to do is simply to come home and play with his boys.

Four boys, that is: Kevin, 14, David, 11, and 9-year-old twins Jason and Bryan.

“It’s a day,” Smith said of the holiday, “I can feel some pride and success in raising my boys.”

His goal as a dad, he added, is to raise “boys into men who can hopefully be a positive impact in their community.”

A clinical pharmacist at Littleton Adventist Hospital, Smith and his wife, Heather, and the boys live in Castle Rock. The family also has two bearded dragons, two leopard geckos, two snakes, a tortoise and a fire skink (which is a type of lizard).

Ask the boys what they think about their dad, and they’ll tell you he is “selfless, the fix-it man, upbeat and always looks out for his family.”

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