Archive for August, 2012

Father by Edgar A. Guest (1909)

I remember when, as a child, we used to tell each other stories about our fathers and their quirky habits.  We’d laugh at what other children’s fathers would do or say, thinking them very strange indeed.  My father didn’t do that and surely my father knew what fathers should be like.  Why weren’t the other dads like him?

Now that I am an adult and I look back to those days and replay the conversations in my mind I laugh to myself at our innocence.

I found this poem about a particular father and it made me laugh as it brought back memories of those conversations of long ago.  There is an element of truth in it for many fathers, I think.

My father knows the proper way
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day
Just what should now be done.
He knows the way to fix the trusts,
He has a simple plan;
But if the furnace needs repairs,
We have to hire a man.

My father, in a day or two
Could land big thieves in jail;
There’s nothing that he cannot do,
He knows no word like “fail.”
“Our confidence” he would restore,
Of that there is no doubt;
But if there is a chair to mend,
We have to send it out.

All public questions that arise,
He settles on the spot;
He waits not till the tumult dies,
But grabs it while it’s hot.
In matters of finance he can
Tell Congress what to do;
But, O, he finds it hard to meet
His bills as they fall due.

It almost makes him sick to read
The things law-makers say;
Why, father’s just the man they need,
He never goes astray.
All wars he’d very quickly end,
As fast as I can write it;
But when a neighbor starts a fuss,
’Tis mother has to fight it.

In conversation father can
Do many wondrous things;
He’s built upon a wiser plan
Than presidents or kings.
He knows the ins and outs of each
And every deep transaction;
We look to him for theories,
But look to ma for action.

(http://poetry.about.com/od/poems/l/blguestfather.htm)

5 Reasons Fathers Are Special

1.  Who else will throw you in the air and catch you again while your mother covers her eyes and cries out “oh be careful…”?

2.  Who else will give your boyfriend or girlfriend the intimidating silent stare that means “Don’t you DARE hurt my child”?

3.  Who else just has to appear in the background to make bullies slink away with their tails between their legs?

4.  Who else tells those silly jokes that make you roll your eyes and groan?

5.  Who else gave you that amazing sense of strength and security as you were growing up – the one that made you feel so safe?

We could go on and on because there are many reasons that fathers are so special.

Father’s Day is coming up soon.  When you feel too tired to bother finding him a special gift, just remember the happy childhood he gave you and make the effort.  These cufflinks would be perfect.

He will love you whether or not you give him a gift but wouldn’t it be lovely to see the smile of delight on his face?