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On Father's Day

Jeff Hall

Posted on June 18, 2017 12:41

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Dads aren't always perfect. Then again, neither are kids. It has always been thus.

I got a really nice Father's Day card from one of my daughters. 

Made me a bit weepy, actually. 

She's a great kid and always has been, really. 

The other daughter is more "colorful" and always very interesting.  She's great, too -- in a different way.

My daughters didn't have a perfect father. 

Neither did I.

This has been going on since the caveman days -- and let's hope it continues for millions of years to come. 

It would be possible to think we're nearing the end of the world, but people have likely been thinking that since the beginning of time as well. 

Somehow, we always muddle through.

So let's focus on the positive.  We wouldn't be here without our fathers; those of us lucky enough to be fathers experience joys -- and heartbreaks -- others don't. 

As a member of the Baby Boomers, I see similarities with today's Millennials.  Back in the sixties and seventies, we talked a lot about the need for social justice, civil rights, women's rights, the need to protect the environment and the desirability of bringing about an end to useless wars. 

Clearly we didn't accomplish all we set out to do, but I see hope.  We struggled to raise consciousness; the Millennials just seem to just go about living their lives in concert with their beliefs in a fairly effortless way.  They are very egalitarian, they recycle more, they eat better.

As is true of parents and children, the two generations need to be understanding of one another.  Today's Millennials do often seem entitled and way too focused on social media; we Boomers must seem completely hopeless when it comes to technology.  

But parents and kids have been talking this way about each other from the beginning of time. 

When we become parents, we learn to become more forgiving of our own parents. 

I will leave you with two quotes. 

Here's one from Socrates:

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”

And then of course, there's this classic from Mark Twain:

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in 7 years.”

So, to all those who still view their fathers as imperfect, we fathers say unto you: Go and do it better.

Good luck -- really -- we're counting on you.


Love from All Dads Everywhere






Jeff Hall

Posted on June 18, 2017 12:41


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