My blue eyed gardening-obsessed father visited me today, unexpecctedly.
One of the things he asked me was “what do you think the world needs?”
I said: ”Well dad, in the last five days, the USA’s been looking at father’s day quotes, a lot, online. Over 200 million people have been looking for information that best defines what a father is, today. So what the world needs to know more of, is what are the attributes of a father? a parent. What do they look like. Simply because, the way many world leaders have been selling future generations into debt, is not like a father or mother of a nation. The traditional model of how we used to view politicians in the world. So perhaps people have a need to know what the attributes of a father are today, more than ever?”
My dad’s look and doctorly tone of grave concern breaks. His face creases broadly into a smile as he looks at his ‘rogue problem child’ of the pack.
“You’re right,” dad said. And with that he was off down the driveway, with renewed vigour on a mission.
Dad wasn’t wearing his Scottish winter woolen tweed cap proudly today in his eco-sized trade-in, second hand, blue car, as he’s prone to do in his silver, hori-haired days. Gotta love grey power, aye?! I thought at dad’s chipper toot goodbye. Frugal, effective, wise - he’s a total unit.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 21.6.12~
Fathers are people who gave life. Taught us what they know, the best they know how. Formed families as well as nations on strong foundations. Created opportunities for children other than their own. Created safe homes. Are magical with an ability to manifest fun.
Instilled in us gratitude in the hope of new opportunities we must create. Helped us to respect the earth. Taught us our relationship with nature and our responsibilities to it.
Acted as our angels, when we were not aware. Never quit believing in the times we quit on ourselves. Loaned us their courage, through their encouragement. Got us through with the sound of laughter.
Taught us “that if you don’t laugh at yourself, you could be missing the joke of the century.”
Spent time with us, investing their intellectual dna into the way we would ‘grow up’ to think more intelligently. Know how to navigate.
Taught us, never to be afraid to love. Taught us what a father’s heart is, with every action of sharing. Are wisdom personified, still learning. Constantly conserve for a “rainy day.”
Never in the world, has there been a need for the spirit of ‘fathers’ to move across the world.
This is the essence of God’s heart and also good people in the shared narrative of human experiences.
“God sets the lonely into families,” is a favorite axiom I am thankful for this dad’s day. “In order for women and children to be stronger, we need strong men to be healthy and strong too.”–(feminist Leonie P), is another one too.
My bioligical dad taught me how to pray. He’s an amazing gardener. Other role models played a part in fathering me too. For the gift that is this life . . . Thanks “Dad.”
[Photo caption: Lisa Larsen—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images -Kirk Douglas hugs his son Michael in 1949]. Click on link to view more.
EDUCATION DISPARITIES IN AMERICA’S GROWING POVERTY DIVIDE – THE SPIRIT OF “ACADEMIC ADOPTION” NEEDS TO ARISE
Sabrina Tavernese has written an indepth article on educationalists’ research addressing the poverty divide and how this affects education of America’s youth.
To read her article in full, clickit here.
Highlights follow: “Education in the USA once used to be the great equalizer, helping achieve the notion of The American Dream. Today this dream is divided as the achievement gap between rich and poor children is widening.
The income divide has received far less attention from policy makers and government officials than gaps in student accomplishment by race.
Sean F. Reardon, a Stanford University sociologist is the author of a study that found that the gap in standardized test scores between affluent and low-income students had grown by about 40 percent since the 1960s, and is now double the testing gap between blacks and whites. (more…)