THE BULL AND THE BIZARRE
It's Dad's Turn
Set aside the world's events for one day.
by Richard 'Mr. Moo' Moore
June 19, 2004
There is always something to write about when you are looking at the wide, wide world of, well, the world. Part of me said write about the Laker killers (actually, it was probably self-inflicted, superstar overload). Congrats to the Pistons, home of the no 8 figure super-ego champions. It was fun to watch David defeat Goliath. Two hoofs up to the Pistons from Mr. Moo.
Another part of me said write about the horror of another decapitation in the Middle East of an American civilian. The crew at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is trying to justify their anger towards terrorist by pointing at this. You have this one wrong, too. Maybe, just maybe, if we weren’t there trying to … oh, never mind. To Mr. Johnson's family, our prayers and sympathies.
Another possibility was to write on the issue of the Southern Baptist Convention and their vote on recommending the removal of students from public schools. But the church delegates voted correctly by not passing such a recommendation. It would have been a slap in the face to all public school teachers that hold their personal faith to be something special. Thanks, SBC.
So instead of all the stuff that I passed on, I wanted to share three things about Dad’s this Father’s Day.
Insight magazine stated based on their research a couple of years ago that “The presence or absence of a father in a child’s life is the largest factor in predicting whether a child will graduate from high school, attend college, become involved in crime or drugs, or get pregnant before age 18.” After working in a rural community for the last 13 years, being raised in suburbia, and experiencing life in larger cities, I can see this to be true in America, no matter the location. Dad, be there for your kids. Guys, if you’re not lucky enough to be a dad biologically (or even if you are) take time to be a dad to kids that don’t have one. It is as rewarding.
The second thing about Father’s Day is kind of personal. Dad, thanks for taking care of me as was evident in picking out the cactus needles from my butt when I accidentally sat on a cactus. Dad, thanks for not knocking me senseless when I smarted off to you many more times than I want to admit. And Dad, when I thought my life was over because of broken relationships, you were there with strong support for a son weakened by the hardships of life. Dad, another great quote from my favorite author, Anonymous, goes like this, “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” I’m glad it didn’t take me that long.
Thirdly, I ran across this poem that I really appreciate. It is again, written by my favorite author, Anonymous. It is called “What Makes a Dad”.
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad
Happy father’s day, guys.
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