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Regarding Fathers’ Day. June 16, 2012

Posted by littlebangtheory in Love and Death.
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I’ve never been all that comfortable with the concept of Fathers’ Day.  It always seemed like a Hallmark Opportunity which played on a sense of entitlement which we Fathers have, due to the investments we make in our children.

Tonight, listening to a local folk music program on the radio (I wonder how many of you have that luxury,) I saw things differently.

The song which prompted this post was Jonathan Edwards’ “Little Hands,” which I saw him perform live in the 80’s.

And tonight, I cried.

I thought of the journey my daughters’ little hands have made, from meconium-covered straws to capable tools, into which I entrust the future of the world.  From helpless chubby knuckles to the slender implements which will carry on the work of all good people, the work of pursuing justice for those below them on the Have Scale, demanding accountability from those above them on the Have Scale, insisting on some measure of goodness in this world.

My two girls have taught me so much about being a man, about being worthy of their respect, that there’s very little I can say to express my gratitude to them beyond, “Thank you.”

Meredith, Ursula, your beauty and integrity are the greatest gifts a father could ever wish for.

Teach your parents well.

Happy Fathers’ Day, my children.


1. Diane L Mccracken - June 16, 2012

Just read your post to my husband… we both enjoyed it! I love the spin you put on life! Down to earth, simple, and beautiful! Blessings to you! Happy Fathers Day!

2. Gina - June 17, 2012

I thought about that song today but instead went with posting a more lighthearted one. I just cry too easily these days.

Happy father’s day to a great dad to our two girls.

Much love,

3. TheCunningRunt - June 17, 2012

Thanks, Gina. I too cry easily in my dotage, but consider it a gift.

4. Paul in ABQ - June 18, 2012

*Sniff* Beautifully written. Many blessings to your fine young ladies, to you and Gina the proud and grateful parents.

5. TheCunningRunt - June 18, 2012

Thanks, Paul, and the same back at you and yours. 🙂

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