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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Father's Day ~ They Were Working

Tomorrow is Father's Day here in the US. Millions of clueless children, both juvenile and adult, will make a plate of scrambled eggs and give Dad a touching present of some sort: a papier mache' paperweight, a new necktie or a box of his favorite cigars. Fatherhood itself, the trials and rewards of manfully providing for and guiding one's offspring through the landmines of early life, will be mentioned in homilies and sermons across the land, burgers will be grilled and then that shall be that for another year.

Ben Stein has this goodie up at NYT Business ~ here's a sample, but be sure and read the whole thing. And have a happy Father's Day!


“Get it in your heads that if you throw away your moral duties to your parents, you are thieves. You were born on third base and your parents put you there, and you think you hit a triple. It’s not true. It’s time to give back.

“ `Attention must be paid,’ as Arthur Miller said. So start now, and make it a habit to be grateful to your parents. Say you’re grateful and mean it. Do it now, however young or old you are. Do it on Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, every day.”
How I wish I had done more of it. Now it’s too late — but it’s never too early. UNQUOTE

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