Today is observed as Father's Day in the US and fifty other countries, another forty nations observe the day on other dates. I miss my father; although he is still with us, it seems that there is never enough time in the day to call him, something always comes up. The Internet has been nice though, because now we Instant Message each other and email often; however like he pointed out yesterday, it’s just not same as a phone call.
My brother is celebrating his first official Father’s Day today, and I wish him all the best, I often wonder whether I have been a good father and I am sure he is probably wondering whether or not he will be a good father; however something someone told me a long time ago, is that the fact that you are worried about whether or not you will be a good father is a good sign [:)]
So to all the fathers out there new and old here are some quotes on fatherhood:
The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
– Bertrand Russell, 1872 – 1970
My son is 7 years old. I am 54. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don't want to be a pal, I want to be a father.
– Clifton Fadiman, 1904 – 1999
I just owe almost everything to my father [and] it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
– Margaret Thatcher
A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
– Marlene Dietrich, 1901 – 1992
We carry adolescence around in our bodies all our lives. We get through the Car Crash Age alive and cruise through our early twenties as cool dudes, wily, dashing, winsome . . . shooting baskets, the breeze, the moon, and then we try to become caring men, good husbands, great fathers, good citizens.
– Garrison Keillor, The Book of Guys (1993)
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.
– Lewis Mumford, 1895 – 1990
I hope today brings either good times or good memories for you, as I know it will for me.
Here’s a quote for you:
“My kids will probably grow up to write books about me.”