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Disposable Dads

I wrote this last year. It bears repeating because not all fathers experience the scenes depicted in TV advertisements.

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Fathers’ Day is not a happy celebration for every father.  Some feel left out.

The marketing of Valentine’s Day probably causes many who do not have sweethearts to feel left out and lonely.  Similarly, women who long to be mothers are likely sad amidst the hubbub of Mothers’ Day, feeling left out.  Mothers who have actual children who ignore them on Mothers’ Day are even sadder for being disregarded.

Fathers’ Day is coming up.  If your father is still alive, he would appreciate a card, at least, or a call, or both if it is impossible for you to actually spend the day with him.  By the way, a text message is not sufficient.

According to the JC Penney ads on TV, all fathers will have a fun picnic surrounded by children and grandchildren, wearing new golf shirts by the new grill.  Fathers who see those ads and have that…

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Had To Be There

Most agree that gossip can cause damage.  Sometimes we don’t agree that something is indeed gossip.  Sometimes, within a family, even well-meaning communication is misunderstood like in the old game known as Telephone, when players whisper to the next person and so on around a circle.  What the last person heard or thinks he or she heard is usually hilariously different from what the initial whisperer actually said. 

In real life, the differences in the versions are seldom hilarious.  When my wife and I recently heard different versions from two different family members in Texas concerning her father’s recent surgery and its aftermath, emotions bounced around like ping pong balls.  It causes us to wonder who to believe, since both versions cannot be correct.  There is good reason to go to the source for the truth.  In lieu of talking directly to the treating physicians, who are insulated by HIPPA regulations on confidentiality of health information, there is always a go-between and that person’s interpretation.

Consequently, I encourage Sugar to fly to Texas in order to “be there” for her Dad.

Prayers are appreciated.  Our Heavenly Father knows what is really going on.  He has the whole world in His hands.  He is “there” with Sugar’s Dad already.

THE FATHER I AM

Not all men are fathers

But all men have a father.

All people have two fathers –

A biological one

And our heavenly One.

Not all fathers are good.

I had a good father.

I am a good father.

I AM (EHYEH) is a good Father

Whom we all share.

Blessed be the names of good fathers.

Praise those who are.

Disposable Dads

Fathers’ Day is not a happy celebration for every father.  Some feel left out.

The marketing of Valentine’s Day probably causes many who do not have sweethearts to feel left out and lonely.  Similarly, women who long to be mothers are likely sad amidst the hubbub of Mothers’ Day, feeling left out.  Mothers who have actual children who ignore them on Mothers’ Day are even sadder for being disregarded.

Fathers’ Day is coming up.  If your father is still alive, he would appreciate a card, at least, or a call, or both if it is impossible for you to actually spend the day with him.  By the way, a text message is not sufficient.

According to the JC Penney ads on TV, all fathers will have a fun picnic surrounded by children and grandchildren, wearing new golf shirts by the new grill.  Fathers who see those ads and have that experience should feel blessed indeed.  Those who go to the empty mailbox, endure the silence of a phone that does not ring, or wait for the visitors who do not come, feel the humiliating sadness of being disregarded, disposable, and discarded.

The adult children who are too busy to acknowledge their parents should fear Karma.  What goes around might come around and they will in the future sit in their nursing home rooms hoping to not be forgotten throughout the day until, at the end of the day, they realize that no one cared enough to remember.

Discarded Dads

The marketing of Valentine’s Day probably causes many who do not have sweethearts to feel left out and lonely.  Similarly, women who long to be mothers are likely sad amidst the hubbub of Mothers’ Day, feeling left out.  Mothers who have actual children who ignore them on Mothers’ Day are even sadder for being disregarded.

Fathers’ Day is coming up.  If your father is still alive, he would appreciate a card, at least, or a call, or both if it is impossible for you to actually spend the day with him.  By the way, a text message is not sufficient.

According to the JC Penney ads on TV, all fathers will have a fun picnic surrounded by children and grandchildren, wearing new golf shirts by the new grill.  Fathers who see those ads and have that experience should feel blessed indeed.  Those who go to the empty mailbox, endure the silence of a phone that does not ring, or wait for the visitors who do not come, feel the humiliating sadness of being disregarded, disposable, and discarded.

The adult children who are too busy to acknowledge their parents should fear Karma.  What goes around might come around and they will in the future sit in their nursing home rooms hoping to not be forgotten throughout the day until, at the end of the day, they realize that no one cared enough to remember.

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