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Thank real-life hero fathers. They make life better for their families and society.


 

Real-life hero fathers help where they can. They love their loveable children’s hero mothers. They can get up in the middle of the night for crying babies or frightened children. They wait up for teenagers or head out in the car after one that didn’t come home. They can be relied on to grab a broom when needed, put in a load of laundry, take the kids to school, cook and vacuum. These fathers can wear aprons just as well as they can wear outside work gloves, mow the lawn, or use building tools.

Hero fathers provide for their families, too. While this is extremely important overall that families have food and clothing and resources to live with choices, it isn’t what matters most to children when they have those things.

Children want to spend time with their fathers. Elder A. Theodore Tuttle, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy (March 2, 1919 – Dec. 2, 1987) pointed this out in October 1973 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He said: “The story is told of an elementary teacher who had students write essays in hopes that it would motivate the fathers to attend a PTA meeting. The fathers came in $4,000 cars and $400 cars—bank president, laborer, clerk, salesman, meter reader, baker, etc.—“every man with a definite estimate of himself in terms of money, skill, and righteousness or looks. … The children’s essays were read at random.

“‘I like my daddy, … he built my doll house, took me coasting, taught me to shoot, helps with my schoolwork, takes me to the park, gave me a pig to fatten and sell.’ Scores of the essays could be reduced in essence to: ‘I like my daddy. He plays with me.’

“Not one child mentioned his family house, car, neighborhood, food, or clothing.

“The fathers went into the meeting from many walks of life; they came out in two classes: companions to their children or strangers to their children.”

Life’s too short not to notice hero fathers. It takes a manly, hero father to do the many things required of him to win and to retain that title. It takes only a little thanks for these heroes to feel appreciated. Thank you, hero fathers.

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