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Happy Father's Day

To all the happy dads everywhere

A pretty cool dad is one who rises to the occasion

Who not only treats his children with love and respect

Stands his ground when things get tough

Constantly is there for his wife and her little angels

Has control and power

Not by force

By his attitude and nature

Guiding his family

Making mistakes along the way

Showing that he is not perfect

He makes his decisions based on years of experience

A leader for those to follow

Quiet and reserved at times

Recognized for his accomplishments and years of support

He doesn't mind taking a back seat

Holding his family up high

Feeling confident in the toughest situations

If he isn't telling a story of his childhood

He will stop at nothing

To take care of the people he loves

Watch his actions and thoughts

Trying time and time again

Never afraid of hard work

Earning his title

Letting us all know

He will do all he can

To find a way

Telling us not to worry

Dad is here to stay









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Nellieanna 5 months ago from TEXAS

Just beautiful, so true and timeless, Michael. It could be the guideline for all fathers. You've included everything a good father should be, think and do!

Great Fathers Day message!

Hugs - Nellieanna


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DREAM ON 5 months ago Author

Nellieanna I think of my father and who he was and tried to be. Most of all he wanted everyone to work together as a team no fighting. Thank you for reading and sharing.


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Nellieanna 5 months ago from TEXAS

He sounds like a wonderful father, Michael. My father was inspiring to me, too. He had no time for or interest in fighting, though he was a strong person. He used his strength to propel himself and taught what was right. He often used poetry to illustrate a lesson. One little poem was about a little mouse who didn't listen to its elders' cautions and got caught in a a mousetrap. haha. But he also took time to listen to what I had to tell him about. As I got older, the poem he recommended was "If" by Rudyard Kipling, even though it's directed toward a son. Do you know that one?

If

If you can keep your head when all about you


Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;


If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,


But make allowance for their doubting too:


If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,


Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,


Or being hated don't give way to hating,


And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;



If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;


If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,


If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster


And treat those two impostors just the same:.


If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken


Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,


Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,


And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;



If you can make one heap of all your winnings


And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,


And lose, and start again at your beginnings,


And never breathe a word about your loss:


If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew


To serve your turn long after they are gone,


And so hold on when there is nothing in you


Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"



If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,


Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,


If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

If all men count with you, but none too much:


If you can fill the unforgiving minute


With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,


Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,


And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

~~Rudyard Kipling


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DREAM ON 5 months ago Author

Nellieanna I appreciate the wonderful words you share. One of my fathers famous lines was when everyone else is losing their heads you keep yours. I am sure he read a lot more books than me and reminded me many times how important it is to remain calm in the most difficult situations. Where it is so easy to panic and then all hell breaks loose. Thank you so much. Have a wonderful day. I have some yard work to do and time is a wasting. I will add more later.


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Nellieanna 5 months ago from TEXAS

Michael, it sounds like your father may have been familiar with Kipling's "If". I do have great respect for him for teaching you valuable principles!

One of my Facebook groups had us post information about the High School where we graduated and pictures of ourselves from our High School yearbook the year we graduated. Well, I graduated High School in 1948 when I was barely 16. I had to search for my yearbook. I read some of the many nice comments my school-mates wrote in it. One amazed me. She said a lot of nice things, but one was that I had a wonderful trait of keeping quiet about things until the proper time to voice my opinion. She went on to say that ‘most of us are impulsive and hot-headed’, but that I was someone they could always depend on to have good judgment. I admit it surprised me to recall being noticed at that age for being level-headed! But thinking back, I guess I was! Well, I’d been exposed to Kipling’s poem. Plus I was outnumbered at home with 3 grown siblings and 2 older parents, so I didn’t have so much chance to voice my opinions! And if I did, I needed them to be worth stopping to hear. haha.

But, I did have a shorter fuse at times during my teens. One thing I do know is that the few times I’ve ‘blown my stack” are among some of my worst memories! It left me physically and emotionally in pain and drained, — and absolutely NO good came of it. It’s just not my thing to drain & pain myself by choices which I have the power to make or not, in order to either accomplish nothing or make things worse, plus feeling terrible. Makes no sense at all! But maybe people with that disposition think it has value. It doesn’t for me.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

A wonderful Father's Day message I think our cat Sid understood this as well since very early on Sunday morning he was waking up and batting against his human Papa.


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DREAM ON 5 months ago Author

Nellieanna A father is someone who is there for his family in good times and bad. A strong father figure to lead his family to a happy life.I think he should search for the good in everything and tries to encourage the family is everything through good values and pride. It's not one day or week but years of doing the right thing. Most of all it's often done when no one else notices quietly but lovingly. Thank you for all your wonderful comments.


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Nellieanna 5 months ago from TEXAS

I agree! Parenthood lasts for life!


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DREAM ON 5 months ago Author

Gypsy Rose Lee Our own Charlotte loves her daddy so much as she rubs against him early in the morning. By evening she is causing trouble climbing on the table and behind the t. v. She started out good and then she decided what can I get away with today. Daddy's little girl. Nellieanna I feel for so many families that don't have mother and father figures to help, support them in a good and bright future. Thank you both and have a great day.

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