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Fathers Day Special
June 19, 2009

At first I thought that bringing up Fathers Day would be like blowing my own horn.

I gave it some thought, however.

Mothers Day rings with glamour and charm.

We have Mother Nature.

What do us guys have....................

Father Time


A reminder that we are getting older.

Who needs that?

Then some more thinking.

What about all of the women out there that have a double roll to fulfill as father and mother?

What about everyone out there that takes on this important roll with love and caring.

Big brother, Sister, aunts, uncles, grand parents, foster parents, step parents, maybe a special neighbor or teacher.

What about the dads out there that deserve some recognition?

It isn't easy.

What about the most important father of all?

Our Heavenly Father.

Most men can make a child, it takes a special person to be a dad.

A few times a year, I deviate from gardens and wildlife to honor God and others that need to be honored.

This letter is one of those occasions.

Monday's letter will be back as usual.

Here is a collection of poems, quotes and prayers on fathers, just for you.

Blessings and enjoy.


When the good Lord was creating Fathers, He started with a tall frame. An angel nearby said, "What kind of a Father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put the Father up so high? He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, play pretend drinking tea, and kiss dolly goodnight, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without stooping?" God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him child size, who would children have to look up to?"

And when God made a Father's hands, they were large. The angel said, "Large hands can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails, or even remove splinters caused from baseball bats." Again God smiled and said, "I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets and a little girls paper dolls and jump rope, and to teach her to turn cartwheels, yet small enough to cup a child's face in them."

Then God molded long slim legs and broad shoulders, "Do you realize you just made a Father without a lap?" the angel chuckled. God said, "A Mother needs a lap. A Father needs strong shoulders to pull a wagon, to balance a bicycle, or to hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus."

When God was in the middle of creating the biggest body any one had ever seen, the angel said, "That's not fair. Do you honestly think that form is going to get out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries, or walk through a birthday party without crushing one or two of the guests?" God again smiled and said, "It will work. You will see. It will support a small child who wants to ride to Banbury Cross or scare mice away from a summer cabin , or walk in shoes that will be a challenge to fill."

God worked throughout the night, giving the Father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that see everything, but remain calm and tolerant. Finally, almost as an afterthought, He added tears. Then he turned to the angel and said, "Now are you satisfied he can love as much as a Mother can?" The angel said nothing more.

~~By Erma Bombeck.~~

What Makes a Dad

God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night, The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle's flight, The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed, The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need, Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add, He knew His masterpiece was complete, And so,

He called it ... Dad

~~Author Unknown.~~


"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." ~~Author Unknown

"To her the name of father was another name for love." ~~By Fanny Fern.~~

"They didn't believe their father had ever been young; surely even in the cradle he had been a very, very small man in a gray suit, with a little dark mustache and flat, incurious eyes." ~~By Richard Shattuck.~~

"Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers- and fathering is a very important stage in their development." ~~By David M. Gottesman.~~

"It is a wise father that knows his own child." ~~By William Shakespeare (1564-1616)~~

"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." ~~By Anne Sexton (1928-1974) U.S. poet.~~

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." ~~By Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)~~

"A Man's children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season." ~~Author Unknown.~~

"The greatest gift I ever had Came from God, and I call him Dad!" ~~Author Unknown.

"A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be." ~~Author Unknown.~~


I DO know Someone who is the PERFECT Father--God Himself, our Heavenly Father. He meets every qualification for the task--listen to His words and see!

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God...(1 John 3:1 KJV)."

My Prayer for Fathers everywhere:

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you on bent knees, you know my strengths and you know my weaknesses as of all Fathers you are the all knowing, all caring, all loving Father. I thank you Father for all the many things you've given me in my life, thank you for the special people you've brought into my life. I ask you now dear Heavenly Father to keep a special place for the earthly fathers of the world, to guide them, encourage and support them as they have us children. For the fathers here who do not know you I pray that you will touch their hearts and use a child to guide them into your loving arms.

In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

That's it.

A Blessed Fathers Day to Everyone and I'll be back Monday.

As always, SMILE.

Please feel free to forward this to someone that may need a lift or a little reminder that they are indeed special.

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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