Happy Fathers Day to my one and only, Dirt Man, the love of my life and father of our sons.
He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~Clarence Budington Kelland
There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind. ~Washington Irving
He taught them how to fish, how to choose a lure, bait the hook, and cast the rod. He taught them how to hunt, how to look for signs, how to safely use a gun, how to clean and care for the gun. But he also taught them that what they brought home was not nearly important as what they found while they were on the river bank or sitting in the woods. He taught them the importance of reflecting on one’s soul and the comfort of solitude.
Man’s heart away from nature becomes hard. ~Standing Bear
He shared the beauty, bounty, and power of nature through camping and hiking. He taught them to respect the land. He impressed upon them that the preparation of the hike or campout was as important as the event itself. He instilled them with confidence and survival skills to rely on in times of fear in the wilderness. He paved the way to enjoy the great outdoors in all four seasons.
Man is a tool-using Animal. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. ~Thomas Carlyle
He passed on his automotive skills. He taught them to changes tires, oil, and antifreeze. He taught them how to pull an engine apart and put it back together. He taught them if you don’t how to do it and can’t find it on the internet, go to the library and get a book. He taught them to read the blueprints. He showed them that grease washes off with soap and water. And he taught them that if the job was truly over their head to call a mechanic.
The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me. ~Tony Konovaloff
He let them watch, participate, and learn the trade of woodworking. He let them help build furniture, and do home repairs. He trained them to operate his tools and equipment. He passed on the satisfaction of making something with their own hands and how to tenderly care for those made by their ancestors. He bequeathed family heritage through generations of turning and carving talent.
What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence. ~Samuel Johnson
He encouraged them to never give up, that persistence will pay off in the end. He told them if it was worth the time to visualize that it was worth the diligence to achieve. He gave them courage to try new things and supported them when they fell short. And he has proven he will always be there as long as their efforts are of good principle.
A knowledge of the path cannot be substituted for putting one foot in front of the other. ~M. C. Richards
He prepared them for recuperation of failure in the race of life. When they were small and fell down, he picked them up, dusted them off, and ran beside them. He taught them to keep running. He told them that sometimes the falls would be harder, maybe resulting in bruises, cuts, and broken bones. He told them that when those times occurred, they would mend and continue, that scars of experience would shape them, and no lesson learned was a wasted one. He trained them to be self-sufficient, but still he waits in the shadows. And if one of them should stumble and fall, he’ll be there if they’re unable to pick themselves back up.
“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.”By example, he showed them that honesty reaps success and happiness. He taught them to deal with people fairly, regard them with respect, and never to burn their bridges. He was a role model by volunteering at church, leading organizations, and volunteering for community projects. He has shown them the grace of serving others and the gratitude of giving. He raised them to be productive members of society.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. ~ Henry Ward Beecher
He has openly shown affection for me, their mother. He has held me in esteem by opening car doors and other gentlemanly mannerisms. He has assisted with household chores, shopping, raising children, and caring for ill family members. Most importantly, he has always been here for each of us.
Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it. ~Author Unknown
He has taught them the personal satisfaction of hard work and money earned. He taught them that no one should be above getting a little sweaty, dirty, or tired to make a living. Through responsibility and good work ethics, he has provided them with a plentiful life. He has taught them the value of money. He has taught them that money earned is much more appreciated than money gifted to them. They were never in need, yet they were not spoiled.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. ~Richard Bach
He has loved and provided for his family. He has treated them with tenderness. He has laughed with them and played with them. And he has even occasionally fought with them, but through it he taught them to stand up for what they believe in. He has shown absolute joy and pride in very stage of their lives. He has trained them by example to be good fathers someday.
Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. ~Author Unknown
****Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby
I must share with you one of the fondest memories, one of those that mark the true love of a father, one focused on the love of his son and not the opinions of others. When our oldest child was in kindergarten, he came home so proudly bearing this huge cardboard tie he made for his Daddy for Father’s Day. He had cut this out and colored it with his own little loving hands. With much excitement, he presented this to his Daddy early that Sunday morning. After thanking him, my husband proceeded to dress for church, and yes, he wore his one of a kind cardboard tie. I don’t know who beamed more that Sunday, the daddy or the child. Of course, he got lots of stares and comments at church. Some couldn’t believe he actually wore it, some complained that he made them look badly for not wearing theirs, and others smiled with admiration. Yes, I smiled.