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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Abundance (06/08/06)

TITLE: Father's Day 2006
By Paul Potenza
06/10/06


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FATHER'S DAY 2006


You have to understand that Pop is my hero.

It's not easy to write about a man like that. He GIVES so much. He EXPECTS so little.

He taught me what love was about when he shed a tear at my sister's grave. He taught me what strength was when he stood up to an angry teen (me) and defended his wife (My OTHER hero, Momma). (More about her later).

He introduced me to God, whom he correctly identified as my Father. He contnues to teach me each and every day and if I have a THOUSAND more years with him on this earth, I swear to you that it will not be enough.

My bride lost her father last year. I can not imagine the pain that she is going through. She lost her mother the year before that. At fifty three years old she is an orphan.

But Pop won't let that happen.

He fathered 13 children and he always feels that there's room for one more. My bride IS that one more.

Do you want to know what abundance is?

It's listening to a kid's problems. It's sharing a game of pool or darts. It's setting up a swimming pool. It's MAKING them go to church, but more than that, it's GOING with them.

You can't push a rope.

You have to pull it from the front.

I remember Peter in the Gospel of John (John 21:11) dragging the net full of fish ashore. No WAY he could have PUSHED it.

I always try to let Pop know what an abundance of life and love he has brought to me but I fail every time.

How can you tell a man like this everything he has brought to you?

The answer is simple...You can't...because he's not listening. He's looking to HIS Father for strength and love and forgiveness for HIS faults..

Because he knows that the Father that he pointed you to when you were an "angry teen"...is the one "true" Father who gives with abundance.

Happy Father's Day Pop


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Amy Nicholson06/16/06
"You can't push a rope. You have to pull it from the front."--That's one for the fridge! This is a beautiful tribute. Dad's gonna love it! Good work!
Dave Kissling06/16/06
When most people think of "Abundance" they think of things, not people. Nice, humble perspective. And perfect for the week of Father's Day. I love it!
Sherry Wendling06/17/06
Wonderful tribute to Dad! It's so refreshing to read this. I sense you could make the piece even stronger by capitalizing on the wonderful metaphor of "pulling" versus "pushing" a rope.

Try taking this theme (or one like it) and working it into your whole piece; you'll be amazed how it can produce a really strong opening and ending for you, and in between it can 'glue together' all the appreciations and incidents that illustrate his character.

Well done. Keep writing!
Valerie Routhieaux06/18/06
Thank you. This is beautiful. I wish we all had dad's we could say this about.

Keep writing and sharing.
George Parler 06/18/06
A wonderful story with perfect timing. A nice tribute to dads of this character. Good job.
Marilyn Schnepp 06/19/06
Nicely done, my friend; you've made me homesick. You are lucky to still have your earthly father - I can relate to your bride, however, as I too, am an orphan. Very well done -
Lynda Schultz 06/21/06
You have made both of your Fathers proud!