Happy Father’s Day

U.C.M. Newsletter of Joy, Humor, Laughter, and Inspiration

Editor: Rev. Doti Boon safedoti@aol.com  

Affirmation

I hereby affirm that I am a loving and spiritual human being.

Happy Father’s Day, and thanks . . . for being you

If you’re a dad in today’s world, you could be a little tired of being thanked every year for working to support your family. In fact, you could be wondering, “Hey, what about me, the real me? I’m worth more than a paycheck after all.”

      Certainly you are. The intangibles a father brings to his children can be at least as important as material things.

          Love:  Its effect can’t be underestimated. Love is the basis for children’s future maturity and helps them become self-respecting adults.

      Your example: Children learn more from observing you than they could if you intended to coach them on how to live.

          Problem solving: They see you deal with many difficult situations and learn that problems can be solved.

      Humanity: Children soon discover that even you aren’t right all the time. It’s human to be wrong sometimes, and your apology shows that you are strong, not weak.

          Interaction: From cradle through college, your play with your children is different from their mother’s. It could be more rough-and-tumble or games where you show them how to play by the rules.

     Childcare: You may be more involved than your father was, partly because their mother also has a job. Your involvement helps to mold stronger children and a stronger America.

Top Ten Things You’ll Never Hear a Dad Say 

10. Well, how ’bout that? I’m lost! Looks like we’ll have to stop and ask for directions.

9. You know Pumpkin, now that you’re fifteen, you’ll be ready for unchaperoned car dates.  Won’t that be fun?

8. I noticed all your friends have a certain “up yours” attitude … I like that.

7. Here’s a credit card and the keys to my new car — GO CRAZY.

6. You wanna play football?  Figure skating not good enough for you, son?

5. Your Mother and I are going away for the weekend … you might want to consider throwing a party.

4. Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with your car.  Probably one of those doo-hickey thingies. Have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever asked.

3. No son of mine is going to live under this roof without an earring — now quit your belly-aching, and let’s go to the mall.

2. Whaddya wanna go and get a job for?  I make plenty of  money for you to spend.

1. Father’s Day? aahh — don’t worry about that — it’s no big deal.

Fathers Then and Now

Today is one of the Father’s Days of our new millennium.  Fathers of 1900 didn’t have it nearly as good as fathers of today; but they did have a few advantages:

In 1900, a father’s horsepower meant his horses.
Today, it’s the size of his minivan.

In 1900, a father waited for the doctor to tell him when the baby arrived.
Today, a father must wear a smock, know how to breathe, and make sure film is in the video camera and cut the umbilical cord.

In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family business.
Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer and set the VCR.

In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and children at the supper table.
Today, a father comes home to a note:  “Jimmy’s at baseball, Cindy’s at gymnastics, I’m at Adult-Ed, Pizza in fridge.”

In 1900, if a father had breakfast in bed, it was eggs and bacon and ham and potatoes.
Today, it’s Special K, soy milk, dry toast and a lecture on cholesterol.

In 1900, “a good day at the market” meant Father brought home feed for the horses.
Today, “a good day at the market” means Dad got in early on an IPO.

In 1900, a happy meal was when Father shared funny stories around the table.
Today, a happy meal is what Dad buys at McDonald’s.

In 1900, a father was involved if he spanked the kid now and then.
Today, a father’s involved only if he coaches Little League and organizes Boy Scouts and car pools.

In 1900, fathers were never truly appreciated.

In 2009, fathers are never truly appreciated.

Take time this Sunday to appreciate your dad!

 

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