Let’s start with a few funnies about an all-important subject: Fathers.
- Being a father is like shaving. No matter how good you shave today, you have to do it again tomorrow.
- Son says, “For 20 bucks, I’ll be good.” Dad answers, “Oh, yeah, when I was your age, I was good for nothing.”
- Dad says, “How do you like fourth grade, son?” Son says, “It isn’t much fun.” Dad replies, “That’s too bad; it was the best three years of my life.”
- Dad says, “You’ll never amount to anything because you procrastinate.” Son says, “Oh, yeah? Just you wait.”
- Son says, “Can I watch the TV, Dad?” and his father replies, “Yes, but don’t turn it on.”
- Son to his father, “Dad, I failed my math test.” Dad says, “Don’t be negative son, be positive.” “OK, Dad, I’m positive I failed my math test.”
- In the Bible we read: “Spare the rod.” My father raised us with a rod — a fishing rod.
Now, a few serious thoughts — again about that all-important subject: Fathers.
- Quote from Pediatric Associates: “Anyone can father a child, but being a dad takes a lifetime. Fathers play a role in every child’s life that cannot be filled by others.”
- In the animal world comes a stellar example of parenting given to us by the Emperor Penguins. It’s the fathers who brave the bitter cold of winter to protect their babies for four, long months awaiting the return of the mothers who are forced to go for nourishment in the far-off ocean.
- Etched on a stone wall at Stirling Castle in Scotland is the quote: WHAT E’ER THOU ART, ACT WELL THEY PART. This is a goal that fathers (and mothers) could well apply throughout their lives
- A dad needs to be firm. When he says something, he means it. Then he needs to “show forth greater love” to his children.
- It was Atticus Finch in the classic book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” who represented an ideal father for many. It was Atticus who said, “Sometimes I think I’m a total failure as a parent, but I’m all they’ve got. Before Jem looks at anyone else, he looks at me, and I’ve tried to live so I can look squarely back at him.”
- “Let the father be the head of the family, the master of his own household; and let him treat them (his family) as an angel would treat them.” Teachings of Brigham Young
Note from Nancy: On this special Father’s Day, I would like to shout out a big thank you to the father of our five sons: Glenn, Matthew, Barry, Robb and Greg. It was Dean who taught our boys so much about love and caring, consideration and fairness, honesty, hard work and kindness to others.
It’s been said that the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Again, I’m so grateful that Dean always showed his love for me to our sons. What more could I, as their mother, have asked of him as a father?
Dean and Nancy Hoch are local public affairs representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.