Limerick For Dads (and Moms)

Celebrating Fathers Day

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Moms' and Dads' Choice Days

For all of their sterling qualities,

it's time for a little jolly tease.

For dads, just like mothers,

if they really had their druthers.

would celebrate daily at their ease.

The daily input might deserve a daily tribute.

Fathers Day follows Mothers Day just long enough afterwards that each parent receives their own special day free from the warm glow of the other parent's day.

Truth be told, the celebrated parents performed on a daily basis over an extended period of years.

While it is fitting that their children have a yearly reminder to honor such parents (and there is even a Grandparents Day each September, if my old memory still serves me) it is the in between expressions of love and respect for their parenting that really count the most.

Not that such extra tributes should be overdone with the same gushy $5 cards that one card supplier says show you care to only send the best, but just the occasional comment and hug that acknowledges a debt that takes only moments in a lifetime to express.

With any luck, dedicated parents are allowed to wind up their intensive parenting before their bodies' available energy supplies wind down.

When that happens in the proper order, each parent has an all too brief period in which to assess the fruits of their labors.

That period may be one of "old enough to know better, but so quickly too old to do anything about it."

Fortunately, human parents and their offspring are gifted with ability to favor recalling the good above the less good memories of the early parenting years, while sincere repentance and forgiveness can handle what remains.

For the younger parents, locked in their roles as servants, guardians, and guides, the counsel grandparents have to offer is: " we made it through the course, you can too; make the good memories along the way, for they last a lifetime during the lives of all involved."


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Jodah 5 months ago from Queensland Australia

Parents and grandparents should be celebrated more often. In Australia, Mother's Day is in May and Father's Day in September. We don't have a Grandparent's Day, unfortunately.


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annart 5 months ago from SW England

I celebrate my Dad even though he's no longer here. I was lucky enough to have a great one. We have Mothering Sunday here in March (I believe just about everywhere else it's in May) but it doesn't really matter when it is, as long as we celebrate them.

Lovely thoughts on the subject here. Your words are wise. I'm trying to catch up on your hubs - it'll take me a while but I'm sure you're a patient man!

Ann


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FlourishAnyway 5 months ago from USA

Happy Father's Day. Hope you've had a good day. We're celebrating our first without my grandfather which is a little sad but otherwise a joyful day. I cooked a huge breakfast for my family then we later went out for Mexican with my parents.


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teaches12345 5 months ago

I enjoyed your thoughts on dads (and moms). I agree that all too soon we are old and unable to enjoy our fruits of labor. Still, as you know, it was well worth all the effort.


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AliciaC 5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I enjoyed reading your reflections. Both my parents have passed on, but I still think of them often, especially on Mother's Day and Father's Day. Loving parents deserve to be honoured.


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Perspycacious 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Indeed it was a fine Fathers Day here. We were up early and picking Bing cherries, then off to wonderful church services, back for lunch and a nap in the heat of the day with a nice fan and inside where it was cool. Then the NBA final Game 7 that Golden State could have won except for errors champions don't make (and right efforts Cleveland did.) We ended the day watering our gardens in the twilight and glow of the nearly full moon.

The children remembered with cards and calls and love on facebook.


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Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

Demas, this is a beautiful reminder that loving and caring parents and grandparents should have a special day to be recognized for their work of sharing and caring love.

I love your pictures, you both look great.

Blessings my friend.


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Perspycacious 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Shyron E Shenko - Life is for living. Love is for giving. The rest are just the extras along the way. Thanks for your visit and comments.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Mothers, fathers, grandparents all deserve to be celebrated. Children are special too. Is there a day to celebrate children? Love the photos. You both look great.


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Perspycacious 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dear Gypsy,

Have the people of Latvia stopped holding their breath yet?

Thanks for reading and commenting. We still feel great, too, after a day of gardening and picking Bing cherries that are ripe, juicy, and delicious! I think it is the labor and good food which keep us youthful.

Demas


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aviannovice 5 months ago from Stillwater, OK

Respect surely goes a long way. After all, it was one's parents that did the hard work of growing a productive adult. It is now up to the adult to reciprocate in any way that they can.


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Perspycacious 2 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Sad to say it is sometimes the "Oh, no! It is too late! I wish I had.......!" Then the reality sinks in that you had so much more to be thankful for than you actually expressed thanks for. How sad that is when it happens.

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