Sunday, June 19, 2005

Fathers deserve more than a day

For years now, there have been those that have been constantly attempting to marginalize the role of fathers in our society. To hear them one would think that there is no need for dad to be around and be an influence on the children. Kathleen Parker takes exception to this in her fine commentary.

"But purposely creating ways to keep fathers from their children - either because personal bitterness makes it preferable or because moving far away makes his participation impossible - is not forgivable. When hurt fathers contact me for advice, knowing my concern about the long-term effects of father absence on children and ultimately society, I urge them to keep to the high road.

To be patient and understanding, to be strong and reliable, to be fatherly - in other words - in the old ways. That so many try in spite of the forces arrayed against them is reason enough to celebrate this day. Even to give ol' dad a call."

Happy Father's Day to all of you dads out there. I am off to brunch! - Sailor

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