I know this is a couple days late, but I wanted to send along some "Father's Day" thoughts. They by no means exclude women or mothers (who will surely enjoy them as well) and include a mixture of wisdom and comic relief! Any parent can surely relate to most every one. They were gleaned from a book entitled: "The Little Red Book of Dad's Wisdom," edited by Nick and Tony Lyons. Enjoy!
"By profession I am a soldier and take great pride in that fact. But I am also prouder, infinitely prouder, to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to rebuild, the father only builds, never destroys."
General Douglas MacArthur
"Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children."
"Mostly you just have to keep plugging and keep loving -- and hoping that your child forgives you according to how you loved him, judged him, forgave him, and stood watching over him as he slept, year after year."
"Raising a child is part joy and part guerrilla warfare."
"One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchildren in the world."
"When a girl reaches adolescence, she looks to her father for approval and love."
"You feel completely comfortable entrusting your baby to them for long periods of time, which is why most grandparents flee to Florida at the earliest opportunity."
"I talk and talk and talk, yet I haven't taught people in fifty years what my father taught by example in one week... I watched a small man with thick callouses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I once saw him literally bleed from the bottom of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith ad hard work by the simple eloquence of his example."
Former Governor of New York, Mario Cuomo
"Some day you will know that a father is much happier in his children's happiness than in his own. I cannot explain it to you, it is a feeling in your body that spreads gladness through you."
"Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers."
Socrates (370 B.C.)
"There are three ways to make sure something gets done: 1.) Do it yourself. 2.) Hire someone to do it for you. 3.) Forbid your kids to do it."
"A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be."
"There must always be a struggle between a father and a son, for while one aims at power, the other aims at independence."
"I don't know any parents that look into the eyes of a newborn baby and say, 'How can we screw this kid up?'"
"It's easy to wind back thirty or forty years to other times when dad and I were together in the woods beside a stream. It never really mattered where we were or whether we had caught many trout or found a lot of birds. Time and place were irrelevant as long as we shared them."
"I can run the country or control Alice (his daughter). I can't do both."
President Theodore Roosevelt
"Raising a child on a steady diet of "I am the center of the universe" is generally quite harmful. Your child is not the center of the universe and never will be."
I trust you could relate to a few!
Blessings on your week, Pastor Jeff