I was listening to the presidential weekly address where our commander in chief admonished men that it takes more than the ability to have a baby to be a father, but the courage to raise the child that makes a father.
I went then to Emerson. He has this quote from a headstone in England typifies what makes a man. He is not perfect, but he cares for those around him. But this epitaph, and tribute sums up what makes a good man. From Emerson’s essays on Manners.
“Here lies Sir Jenkin Grout, who loved his friend, and persuaded his enemy: what his mouth ate, his hand paid for: what his servants robbed, he restored: if a woman gave him pleasure, he supported her in pain: he never forgot his children: and whoso touched his finger, drew after it his whole body.”
Excerpt From: Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson.” iBooks.
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What I really like about that…”whoso touched his finger, drew after it his whole body.” A generous soul. Isn’t that what a Dad should be? Shouldn’t he be the most generous and strong? Providing, protecting, instructing and correcting….entertaining, humoring, leading and guiding….
To all the Fathers who live, laugh, play, work, instruct, correct, and empower I say bravo and thank you.
The quote behind my dad says “Fear knocked on the door, upon hearing laughter, departed.”
Laugh, and let the fear depart. Enjoy your Father’s Day.