It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chapter 6, Page 15, Book 14



Remembering Dad on Fathers Day…


What Is A Father?


A father is a person who is forced to endure childbirth without an anesthetic. He growls when he feels good and laughs very loud when he is scared half to death.

A father never feels entirely worthy of the worship in a child's eyes. He is never quite the hero his daughter thinks. Never quite the man his son believes him to be. And this worries him sometimes. So he works too hard to try to smooth the rough places in the road of those of his own who will follow him.

A father is a person who goes to war sometimes... and would run the other way except that war is part of an important job in his life which is making the world better for his children than it has been for him.

Fathers grow older faster than other people, because they, in other wars, have to stand at the airport and wave goodbye to the uniform that climbs on board the plane.

And, while mothers cry where it shows, fathers stand and beam... outside... as they endure the pain inside.

Fathers are men who give daughters away to other men who aren't nearly good enough, so that they can have children that are smarter than anybody's.

Fathers fight dragons almost daily. They hurry away from the breakfast table off to the arena, which is sometimes called an office or a workshop. There they tackle the dragon with three heads: Weariness, Works, and Monotony. And they never quite win the fight, but they never give up.

Knights in shining armor; fathers in shiny trousers. There's little difference as they march away each workday.

And when a Father passes away, and after a good rest, he won't just sit on a cloud and wait for the girl he's loved and the children she bore. He'll be busy there too... repairing the stars, oiling the gates, and in general helping smooth the way for others.


Dads are...

A dad is someone who wants to catch you before you fall but
instead picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way, even though his
heart breaks in silence when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who holds you when you cry, scolds you
when you break the rules, shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail.

Author Unknown


Wishing you all a happy Fathers Day today!


3 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY to all dads.

betty said...

Those were two great poems about fathers and dads, Ma! I hope all your sons/SIL had great father's days!

betty

jack69 said...

A very good combined essay on DAD. It was a good day here.