Father’s Day 2007

In just a few hours I’ll be getting together with the family to celebrate Father’s Day. Dad’s already gotten his gift from me – a new desk chair that rolls, to replace the folding chair he normally sits in when he is concentrating on his Bible studies. He’s always kidded my mom that he should never have let her have his old desk chair, which sits well and rolls around the room, so now he has one of his own and me to thank for it ;)

The family got a bit of a scare yesterday over my dad. He was walking the circle in the neighborhood he and mom live in, when a neighbor’s 4 dogs started chasing him. My dad is in his early 60s and has hip and back problems, so the running it took for him – and the fall he sustained in a ditch – whild trying to get away from the dogs, made him really sore yesterday afternoon. He got really lucky in that only one of the dogs bit at him and only got a mouthful of jeans. By that point the owner of the dogs had caught up with her dogs and called them off as they were circling my dad as he lay in the ditch. The witch had the nerve to say “got your blood pumping, eh?” to which my dad responded, “it’s not my blood pumping you have to worry about – it’s my attitude.” He told her that he was going to call animal control, which he did, and they arrived a short time later.

Come to find out, according to the policeman who answered the call, the lady – who is new to the neighborhood – is “very familiar with animal control laws” meaning she’s been in this situation before and apparently not learned her lesson. The officer went to tell her that she needed to keep her dogs on a leash if they were going to be outside and said that if anything happened to anyone in the neighborhood as a result of those dogs hurting someone, that she would be liable. Later, my dad found out that another family in the neighborhood had suffered a scare earlier in the week as well. Their three kids were out riding their bikes when the dogs came after them. Luckily, the kids got away because they were faster on their bikes than the dogs were on their legs.

Anyway, thankfully when all was said and done, dad was shaken up and a little sore more than anything. This afternoon after the Father’s Day festivities are over, I’m going to help him put the chair together, since he has a hard time sitting on the floor to do it. It’ll feel a little bit like role reversal, since he’s usually the one putting things together for me (we won’t get into the agonizing afternoon we spent trying to put up a ceiling fan in my dining room!) but I’m cool with it – it’s the least I can do for him. I only wish I could do more.

Before I repost my Father’s Day salute from last year, I wanted to point to a few links of interest as it relates to Dad’s Day that you might be interested in reading:

—– Make sure to check out this wonderful piece from author Tony Woodlief on what Father’s Day – and being a father to three sons – means to him. He pays tribute to raising sons with manly virtues, in spite of the fact that he himself wouldn’t be viewed as your ‘typical manly man’ by most people’s ‘manly standards’ :)

—– Blogger Rick Rice links up to a Father’s Day greeting from a leftie blogger that reeks of political correctness. A sampling from the PC greeting: “These fathers aren’t necessarily men- just as our Father in heaven is not a man.” Ugh …

—- On a much lighter – and happier – note, little Palmer Thibault (ain’t he cute?!), son of ST reader and neighbor in the next county over Justin Thibault, makes the special announcement that mama Thibault has another bundle of joy on the way. Congrats to the Thibault family! Love all the pix in that post, especially the one of their sweet little future arrival and the last one.

—– I would be remiss in not wishing all the fathers who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan who can’t be with their little ones today a Happy Father’s Day. Thank you and God bless you for all that you do.

—- Speaking of military dads, check out this especially stirring post from Blackfive about a retired military dad and veteran who is a man amongst men. **Awesome.**

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A salute to fathers (Originally written on June 18, 2006)

In honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to take a moment to salute all you wonderful fathers out there – especially my own.

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