Thoughts On Dads and Moms (Of All Varieties)
Just who are they?
What is a Father?
He is the scruffy kid his parent knew.
He is the schoolmate his friends knew.
He is the young adult his sweetheart knew.
He is the worker at tasks his associates know.
He is the father figure "Dad" his child or children know.
He is all he has become---his Heavenly Father knows today.
What is a Mother?
She is the budding princess her parents knew.
She is the confidante her best friends knew could keep a secret.
She is the young woman her sweetheart knew sparkled inside and out.
She is the "Mom" of a thousand skills, and unspoken sacrifices sometimes recognized but often not.
She is the next door neighbor, the PTAer, the choir member, the bake sale hostess,
She is the love center of the family her Heavenly Father places so many angels to watch over.
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If all goes well, "the scruffy kid" and "the budding Princess" marry, raise one or more children, and always live happily ever after, while giving God the joy of loving them at their best.
If all else fails, their titles of "Father" and of "Mother" are still active until one or the other (or both) abdicate or graduate on to their next level(s) of testing and trials, leaving behind them the successes and failures, the memories that are their own and those of others, the tears and smiles that dot the pillow and grace the photos of the passing years.
There are a Mothers Day and a Fathers Day each year filled with reflections and the awards of their parenthood for good or for bad, or for both.
With good fortune, good luck, and sheer perseverance, the day may come when the dual titles of "Grandfather" and "Grandmother" are added, and "the scruffy kid" and "the budding princess" become the "Grampa" and "Grammy" of new photos, and lastly of new tears of joy, pains of parting, and of remembrance.
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