Sunday, June 15, 2008

For Fathers, Especially Mine

A Happy Father's Day to all fathers, especially my own dear Dad.

He reminded me yesterday that he has been retired for twelve years now, which surprised all of us, since they have been twelve of the busiest years of his life. He lives in service to others, especially his five children. He is so good at most everything that we are constantly seeking his aid and his wisdom.

I borrow a quote from John Gregory Brown: "There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself."

Happy Father's Day to all of you undersung heroes!


Maryann Miller said...

Julia, what a nice post. I especially like the quote you used. There is such a special bond between fathers and daughters.

Julia Buckley said...

Thanks, Maryann. Yes, I can only speak about my own dad, but he's pretty special. :)

Anonymous said...

Enjoy your Dad every day you can. And encourage him to take care of his health. My Dad is in poor health and every day is a gift (I keep reminding myself). I live in fear of the day when he will no longer be with us.

Julia Buckley said...

I'm sorry to hear that. I hope his good health returns. And it's very good advice to enjoy dads--and all family members--because we do tend to take them for granted.