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Topic: fathers (06/06/05)
TITLE: The Kid
By Paul Potenza
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The kid wasnít crazy about what his Dad wanted him to do. It seemed to him that there were a lot easier ways of doing things. But the kid had respect for his Dad. Probably because he really knew Him. Dad had spent a lot of time with him. Took him places and showed him things that, on first glance, seemed easy. With a closer look, those simple issues got complex.
Dad told him that it was NEVER right to strike a girl. One day this girl hit him, and it caused him immense pain. He didnít strike back because Dad had told him not to. So he loved her instead, with his heart, which is exactly what Dad had told him to do.
Mother was always there, from the very first instant, but Oh...his Dad....They would talk for hours about everything and anything and I hate to be cliche, but his Dad was his hero.
I hope that youíve noticed that I have capitalized ďDadĒ each time that Iíve used it and with very good reason. ďDadĒ SHOULD be capitalized. In our hearts and in our minds, the Dad needs to be the protector - the provider - the strong male influence - the GUIDING FORCE in our lives.
Donít get me wrong. Mothers are placed there for a reason. But if Dads donít nurture, kids get lost.
This kid didnít get lost. When he was about twelve years old he asked his mother and stepfather ďDidnít you know that I had to be about my fatherís business?Ē
When he was thirty three, he was separated from his father for the first time, and blackness fell over the land. And as he died, his final words were to his father.
ďFather, into your hands...
No, the kid wasnít crazy about what his Dad wanted him to do. But he did it anyway. Because he trusted Him - and he loved Him - and he knew that Dad would NEVER steer him wrong.
I bet Fathers Day in heaven is a big deal.
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