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- ("In his men's seminar, David Simmons, a former cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, tells about his childhood home. His father, a military man, was extremely demanding, rarely saying a kind word, always pushing Dave with harsh criticism to do better. Dave's father had decided that he would never permit his son to feel any satisfaction from his accomplishments..." and other illustrations)
- If I had my child to raise all over again, I'd build self-esteem first and the house later. I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I'd take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes. I would care to know less and know to care more. I'd take more hikes and fly more kites. I'd stop playing serious and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I'd do more hugging and less tugging. I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often. I would be firm less often and affirm much more. I'd model less about the love of power and more about the power of love.
- I have many memories of my father and of growing up with him in our apartment next to the elevated train tracks. But there is one which sticks in my mind more than any of the others. For 20 years, we listened to the roar of the train as it passed by our windows. Late at night, he would wait alone on the tracks for the train that took him to his job at a factory, where he worked the midnight shift. On this particular night early during World War II, I waited with him in the dark to say good-bye. His face was grim. His youngest son had been drafted. I would be sworn in at six the next morning while he stood at his paper-cutting machine in the factory. My father had talked about his anger. He didn't want them to take his child, only 19 years old, who had never had a drink or smoked a cigarette, to fight a war in Europe.
- A nature reserve in Africa imported a group of elephants to repopulate an area where they had been poached to extinction. There were some cows and calves as well as a few young bulls. The naturalists had moved the young bulls because full-grown male elephants are difficult and dangerous to transport. Soon, however, the refuge was in trouble: the young male elephants were acting crazy, attacking smaller animals, harassing larger ones, even to the point of sneaking up on rhinos and tipping them over. At a loss as to how to respond, the reserve went to the expense of capturing and importing several older males. Soon, the adolescents were under control: the adults joined the bachelor herd and began teaching the young males how to act like elephants. No more delinquency, no more violence, now the elephant population is growing and the culture is stable. All young need a strong, capable and caring father figure.
- "The Living Years" was co-written by Rutherford and B. A. Robertson, both of whom had recently lost their fathers. The song combined features of both writers' relationships with their fathers; it dealt with Rutherford's strained relationship with his late father and the birth of Robertson's son three months after his father's death.
- This is a tough time to be a parent because of all the competing claims on our time, energy, and money. The typical parent, mother or father, could be responding to all of the following claims simultaneously: The Parent Teacher Organization needs a new treasurer, and you are nominated. One of the church leaders begs you to sign on for another year as a Sunday School teacher.
- I once saw an advertisement in a particular magazine for Father's Day. It was an acrostic on the word Father. It read... "F" is for your favorite occupation. (A man is pictured asleep in a chair) "A" is for the anniversaries your blew (mother is shown waiting in vain for father to come home for their anniversary dinner) "T" is for talk and your sparkling conversation (dad is depicted as reading a newspaper while the children and wife are talking to him) "H" is for the helpful things that you do (dad is shown poking a ladder through a window) "E" is for each time you were forgetful (this shows father leaving the pregnant mother standing at the front of the house while he dashes off to the hospital) "R" is for the recitals that you attended (father is shown as being literally drug to his child's piano recital) The ad concluded by saying: He may not be a perfect father but he does deserve a perfect gift. Give him an arrow shirt for Father's Day.
- Garrison Keillor, on his "Writer's Almanac" on National Public Radio said that Father's Day goes back "to a Sunday morning in May of 1909, when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was sitting in church in Spokane, Washington, listening to a Mother's Day sermon. She thought of her father who had raised her and her siblings after her mother died in childbirth, and she thought that fathers should get recognition, too. So she asked the minister of the church if he would deliver a sermon honoring fathers on her father's birthday, which was coming up in June, and the minister did. And the tradition of Father's Day caught on, though rather slowly. Mother's Day became an official holiday in 1914; Father's Day, not until 1972. Mother's Day is still the busiest day of the year for florists, restaurants and long distance phone companies. Father's Day is the day on which the most collect phone calls are made...
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- This morning I want to tell you about a kid named "Spot". Yes, I know, usually only dogs are named Spot, but in the little cotton mill village where he grew up almost everyone had a nickname. Since this kid was freckled faced, his name was "Spot," which wasn't so bad when his friends were "Skinny", "Crip," "Nub," "Shorty" and others. "Spot" was almost born a loser. His father died when he was three and then his mother died so that by age twelve he was an orphan.
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