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“We Are Formed by Little Scraps of Wisdom from our Fathers”

 

“There should be a children’s song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.’”   (Jim Gaffigan)

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“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”   (Mark Twain)

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“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.  We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”   (Umberto Eco)

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“A man knows he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.”   (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

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“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.”   (Jim Valvano)

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“Dance with My Father

Back when I was a child, before life removed all the innocence

My father would lift me high and dance with my mother and me and then

Spin me around ‘til I fell asleep

Then up the stairs he would carry me

And I knew for sure I was loved

If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him

I’d play a song that would never, ever end

How I’d love, love, love

To dance with my father again

When I and my mother would disagree

To get my way, I would run from her to him

He’d make me laugh just to comfort me

Then finally make me do just what my mama said.   (Excerpt from ‘Dance With My Father’ song by Luther Vandross, written by Richard Marx)

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“Wherever you are, wherever you go, whatever you say:  Sow a seed of love.”   (Enza Currenti)

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“Just a Thought … A Different Take on Father’s Day”

 

Just a thought ….

Today is Father’s Day, a day in which Fathers are recognized for what they ‘do’ and all sorts of accolades and gifts are bestowed upon them.  Well, at least the good fathers are; not sure what happens to the fathers that are looked upon as deadbeats, have been distant or unloving to their children.  I guess it’s just another day to those children that have ‘missing’ fathers.  Or, the love and gifts are shown toward the mother, the grandmother, aunt or whoever has raised the kids.  A special Happy ‘Father’s’ Day to them.

What I want to push forward is the idea that instead of us fathers having a special day in which everything is done for us or gifts are given to us, we turn things around and have the day in which we fathers do things for our kids and family since we have been given the privilege to have children. 

You’ve heard the quote, “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.”  Dads are special and when one realizes that we’ve been given a huge responsibility to raise children, to help them grow and develop into loving, caring and responsible members of society.  There are many days in which I hear fathers talk about their kids in glowing terms and how proud they are of them.  Those children have turned out to be like that because of things that the fathers have done.  I know, I know, let’s not forget the mothers either.  Don’t get me started on the mothers and their contribution, which is even more than what fathers do.  That is material for another day.  However I do believe that we should keep Mother’s Day as one in which we should do everything for our mothers because they bore our children and have gone through tremendous pain and even more so responsibility to raise our kids.  Mothers are even more special than fathers.

Just think about it, guys.  What would you be without your children?  They have given you love, looks that can melt your heart, pride, a sense of accomplishment, and did I mention love.  Yes, I know there are days in which you wonder ‘what did you do’ to deserve such love and conversely also days in which you wonder, ‘how can you stand your kids’ when they’ve done something wrong.  But you still love them and will do whatever you can to make them well.  You love them, you cherish them, and you cannot be without them.

Just a thought … let’s make it a different Father’s Day today.  Let’s make it “Happy Children’s Day” or “Happy Family Day.”

 

Just a thought.

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