What Is A Father?
A father is a person who is forced to endure childbirth without an
anesthetic. He growls when he feels good and laughs very loud when he
is scared half-to-death.
A father never feels entirely worthy of the worship in a child's eyes.
He is never quite the hero his daughter thinks. Never quite the man
his son believes him to be. And this worries him sometimes. (So he
works too hard to try to smooth the rough places in the road of those
of his own who will follow him.)
A father is a person who goes to war sometimes... and would run the
other way except that war is part of an important job in his life
(which is making the world better for his children than it has been for
Fathers grow older faster than other people, because they, in other
wars, have to stand at the airport and wave goodbye to the
uniform that climbs on board the plane.
And, while mothers cry where it shows, fathers stand and
beam... outside... as they endure the pain inside.
Fathers are men who give daughters away to other men who aren't nearly
good enough, so that they can have children that are smarter than
Fathers fight dragons almost daily. They hurry away from the breakfast
table off to the arena, which is sometimes called an office or a
workshop. There they tackle the dragon with three heads: Weariness,
Works, and Monotony. And they never quite win the fight, but they
never give up.
Knights in shining armor; fathers in shiny trousers. There's little
difference as they march away each workday.
And when a Father passes away, and after a good rest, he won't just sit
on a cloud and wait for the girl he's loved and the children she bore.
He'll be busy there too... repairing the stars, oiling the gates,
and in general helping smooth the way for others.
[ Author Unknown -- from Anonymous ]
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