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A FATHER'S DAY TOAST

In today's Parade Magazine in the Sunday paper, there is an article by President Barack Obama asking fathers to step up and be involved in the lives of their children. He is a wonderful example of a father and husband, it seems, and I enjoyed his words.

After my father's death around Christmas time a few years ago, I dreaded facing my first Father's Day without him. Each commercial, magazine article, email, and newspaper ad seemingly revolved around the holiday. Instead of wallowing in my sadness, I decided to be positive. I had my father's guidance, wisdom, and humor for many years. There are many children today who, like President Obama, don't have that presence in their lives. I know, I see them every day at school. While a mother can be very active in a child's life and do all the things a father can do, it is best when the child has both. (It goes without saying that the parent is mentally healthy, not an addict, etc.)

Here's a photo of my dad with three of his grandchildren. showing them how
an electronic gadget works...


Here's why I'm thankful for my father...

What did my father give me? He had the best work ethic I've ever seen. My brothers and I learned to do our best, even if no one was watching over us. He could fix anything and if he didn't know how something worked, he'd study it until he figured it out.

He taught us that life-long learning should be a focus - he was still learning new computer techniques right up to his last days before his cerebral hemorrhage. He loved to read about history, computer manuals, and business. As an adult, he taught himself how to tie flies, golf, and computer program.

One of his best qualities that everyone loved about my dad was his sense of humor. His eyes would go all squinty and his belly would shake. He loved to tell a good yarn, a rambling joke with a punny ending, or quick little quips. He was self-deprecating and never mean.

He showed his love to my mom. He was thoughtful about getting her little gifts when he traveled, we saw him hug her often, and he treated her with respect. He was a good example for my husband and son to see how to have a relationship.

Now I'm not saying my dad was perfect - after all, we all have our faults. But his wonderful qualities made up for any shortcomings he had.
My kids thought he was the "smartest man in the whole wide world!"

Here's a toast to all the fathers in the world who are there for their children!

Thanks, James Howard Collins, you always believed in my abilities and encouraged me with my writing.

QUESTION: IS/WAS YOUR FATHER A STRONG PRESENCE IN  YOUR LIFE?
WHAT IS A QUALITY YOU ADMIRE IN HIM?








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matt_medic
Jun. 22nd, 2009 01:30 am (UTC)
well said, thank you sis.
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