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Happy Father's Day to Forum Fathers
My own thoughts... | 06/19/2005 | DoughtyOne

Posted on 06/19/2005 9:13:29 AM PDT by DoughtyOne

I didn't want to be guilty of letting this day pass without a special salute to the fathers on this forum.

All too often Dad's are the invisible champions in our society. If they are portrayed in the media, they are most generally used as the butt of jokes or a prop to make someone else look superior.

This is your day Dads. Thanks for stepping up and taking on the challenge.

I'd like to see this thread used by folks to champion their fathers, spouses, brothers or other special dads that have made a difference in your life, the lives of other family members or even friends.

I'll be back in a few hours to place my thoughts about my own dad here. By then I hope to see many heartwarming stories about other great dads.

Right now I'm off to see my wife's dad. This afternoon I'll be seeing my own. In-between, I'll place some comments here about my own dad.

Happy Father's Day!


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KEYWORDS: dads; fathers; fathersday
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To: MortMan

Great comments Morman...

I was a high school wrestler also, although not a particularly stellar one. I goofed off too much.


51 posted on 06/19/2005 3:08:57 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: No Blue States

Nice pictures... thanks.


52 posted on 06/19/2005 3:09:42 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: REDWOOD99

Thanks Redwood99.


53 posted on 06/19/2005 3:10:04 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: catonsville

It's nice to see how your father lives on in you. Great comments!


54 posted on 06/19/2005 3:10:47 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Let me be so bold as to repeat an offertory prayer I gave at church today...

Father's Day, contrary to popular misconception, was not established as a holiday in order to help greeting card manufacturers sell more cards. In fact when a "father's day" was first proposed in America there were no Father's Day cards!

Now, depending on who you believe, the first “Father’s Day” was either in 1908 or 1910. Here are two of the most commonly accepted stories:

Mrs. John Dodd, of Washington, first proposed the idea of a "father's day" in 1909. Mrs. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart. Mr. Smart, a Civil War veteran, was widowed when his wife (Mrs. Dodd's mother) died in childbirth with their sixth child. Smart was left to raise the newborn and his other five children by himself on a rural farm in eastern Washington State. It was after Mrs. Dodd became an adult that she realized the strength and selflessness her father had shown in raising his children as a single parent. So supposedly the first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington.

A second origin cited is slightly less known -- the Methodist church in Fairmont WV has a sign declaring the "First Father's Day July 5, 1908", beating the Dodd claim. That date was six months after the huge coal mine disaster of December 6, 1907, which killed at least 361 men – the largest mine disaster in American history.

Regardless, early in the last century Americans were beginning to celebrate a "father's day." In 1924 President Coolidge gave support to the idea of a national Father's Day. In 1966 President Johnson signed a proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day.

Strangely, it has become a day to not only honor your father, but all men who act as a father figure. These days stepfathers, uncles, grandfathers, and adult male friends are sometimes also honored on Father's Day. Perversely, well, even today's Washington Post Sunday magazine chose today to honor an even different kind of fatherhood.

But really, doesn’t Father’s Day go back to creation? When our triune God said “let us make man in our own image”?

The Bible calls fathers to: love, command, instruct, guide and warn, train, rebuke, restrain, punish, chasten, nourish, supple the needs of, and to do not provoke their children. Hasn’t our heavenly Father been perfect in those respects!

Like Mrs. Dodd, maybe we don’t realize the strength and selflessness of our fathers, and of our Father, until we get the perspective of adulthood.

So children, honor your earthly father, as was commanded by God to Moses and the Israelites. And congregation, lets honor God our Father now, with our tithes and offerings.

Father, our gifts are small, especially compared to your love. We were created by Your will, and not by our own. Thanks Abba – daddy – for loving us so much. Amen.

55 posted on 06/19/2005 3:10:48 PM PDT by ReaganCowboy (History books are written by winners.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yes freeper Dads---Happy one to you. Dads are soooo wonderful. They are often unfortunately neglected in this mom centered society we live in.

I myself miss saying it to my dad.


56 posted on 06/19/2005 3:11:31 PM PDT by eleni121 ('Thou hast conquered, O Galilean!' (Julian the Apostate))
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To: Red Boots

Another set of great comments...

Thanks. I appreciate them. Good advise.


57 posted on 06/19/2005 3:12:06 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Heh, heh, heh...

Here's the early congratulations. I'm very happy for you!

...and of course the Mrs.


58 posted on 06/19/2005 3:13:19 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: CyberAnt

Thank you CyberAnt. The fact that you are here is a tribute to him. I'm sure he would be very proud.


59 posted on 06/19/2005 3:14:25 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: Theresawithanh

I'm sorry to hear this. Please accept my heart-felt condolences. As I said to CyberAnt, your dad inspired you, and now you participate on a forum that heralds wholesome values. He does live on as long as you at least try to live up to his highest ideals. I didn't know him, but I appreciate what a great job he did raising you.


60 posted on 06/19/2005 3:19:08 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: cubreporter

Same to you Cubreporter. Thank you very much. Nice wish...


61 posted on 06/19/2005 3:19:45 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: don-o

Sorry things started our rough Don-O. I am very glad that both of you had closure. That is something. Many don't have that. Take care bud. I'll bet you're a great dad.


62 posted on 06/19/2005 3:21:46 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: ReaganCowboy

Thank you. Very good.


63 posted on 06/19/2005 3:23:52 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: eleni121

Thanks very much Eleni121.


64 posted on 06/19/2005 3:24:40 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: DoughtyOne

My pleasure.


65 posted on 06/19/2005 3:35:22 PM PDT by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know! :))
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To: DoughtyOne
Its Fathers Day and all I got was this fantastic shirt that says..........
 
 
Grandpa's My Name
and
Spiolin's My Game!

66 posted on 06/19/2005 5:11:06 PM PDT by Allosaurs_r_us (for a fee........I'm happy to be........Your BACKDOOR MAN!....Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap!)
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To: Allosaurs_r_us

I'm jealous! Where's mine?

I'm going to have to scold the young'ns.

Happy Father's Day to you, and Grandparents Day as well.


67 posted on 06/19/2005 5:31:02 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: DoughtyOne

Yes, I think he would have loved FR and everything it stands for.


68 posted on 06/19/2005 6:04:12 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: "America is the greatest nation on the face of the earth")
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