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In Honor of Fathers

If you grew up in the 50’s or early 60’s, you most likely remember the Donna Reed Show with Carl Betz and Paul Petersen.  Paul Petersen did a fine job playing the son, Jeff Stone.  On one particular episode, Paul sang the song, My Dad which eventually helped launch him a singing career.

If you’ve never heard the song or don’t remember it, check it out on U-Tube.  The words are beautiful and pay tribute to fathers everywhere.  Here’s a few lyrics of this classic ode to dad:

He isn’t much in the eyes of the world;  He’ll never make history.

No, he isn’t much in the eyes of the world, But he is the world to me.

My dad, now here is a man.

To me he is ev’rything strong; no he can’t do wrong, my dad.

My dad, now he understands when I bring him troubles to share;

Oh, he’s always there, my dad.

When I was small I felt ten feet tall.

When I walked by his side

And ev’ry one would say, “that’s his son,”

and my heart would burst with pride.

My dad, oh, I love him so,

And I only hope that some day my own son will say,

“My dad, now here is a man.”

Whether you are a son or daughter, chances are you looked up to your dad for love and protection.  Take some time to honor your dad on his special day – even though he is, undoubtedly, special every day of the year.  If your father has gone with God, say a special prayer or share a memory in his honor.

Our own dad was tough as nails.  No one messed with our dad.  Yes, he had a hot temper and could be very demanding, but in spite of his flaws, we never once doubted how much he loved us.  As kids, he’d bury fake gold in our backyard, then draw a crude treasure map on an old stained piece of canvas.  Imagine our delight when we followed the map and found all kinds of small gold boxes and other gold trinkets that we assumed were left by descendants of some notorious pirate.  We sure were lucky – how many kids had found treasure buried right in their own backyard?

Yup, that was our dad.  A super talented artist, creative and inventive.  Looking back now I realize we had even “more” gold than we dug up in our backyard – it was inside our father, for he truly had “a heart of gold!”

Rest in peace dad, we all miss you!

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