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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fathers...

This is a cute, but touching tribute to Fathers that I read at The Hillbilly Housewife...

What Is A Father?
~Author unknown~

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 his only important job in his life, (which is making the world better for his child than it has been for him).

Fathers grow older faster than people, because they, in other wars, have to stand at the train station and wave goodbye to the uniform that climbs on board. And, while mothers cry where it shows, fathers stand and beam — outside — and die 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, with callused hands, 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.

I don’t know where father goes when he dies, but I’ve an idea that, after a good rest, wherever it is, 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, improving the streets, smoothing the way.




20 thoughts:

Mildred said...

Thank you for sharing this. I have not read this before and it's very sweet.

Denise said...

I really like this, lol

Sandy said...

Very sweet, Karen. Thank
God for dads. Where would
we be without them?

Tammy said...

Cute!

Stuff could always be worse said...

Great poem for Fathers!

Winging It said...

That's was wonderful. I've never seen that before! A new favorite! Thank you!

Andrea said...

Hi, Karen! I hope your family enjoyed a wonderful Father's Day!

Thank you for a wonderful sharing about fathers!

Blessings to you, dear friend!

Love,

Andrea

Lynda Young said...

This made me chuckle :)

I left an award for you on my blog because you have been so supportive and I really appreciate it.

daylily777 said...

Great poem for Father's Day !
Blessings,
~Myrna

Beth Zimmerman said...

That was really sweet, Karen! Thanks for sharing!

Just Be Real said...

Awwww, thanks for sharing Karen.

Joan said...

Hi Karen - I hope your family had a wonderful Father's day. I like the post - I had not seen this before.

Blessings,
Joan

Diana said...

This was great. Thank you so much for your prayers!!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Amen.

Hope you had a great weekend celebrating Fathers.

luvmy4sons said...

What a beautiful tribute to fathers. Lovely.

Mariel said...

very sweet essay. thank you for sharing this. hope your man had a good father's day.

MyJourneyBack said...

I liked this. Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping in to see me the other day. Your prayers are cherished.
Have a Blessed Day,
Sherry

Michelle said...

I know you are taking a blogging break, but if you are still out there reading comments, then perhaps you would like to take a moment to grab your blog award?!

Have a blessed Independence Day!

Peter Stone said...

That truly is a wonderful tribute to fathers, it has captured so many aspects of fatherhood.

Enjoy your blogging break :)

Deborah Ann said...

Beautiful, fatherly thoughts. Thanks for sharing this!

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