Be a Good Child Day

It is early Father’s Day here. Way before there was ever a Father’s Day there was a command to honor your father and mother. This is not a command to be a good parent but to be a good child. In fact in life, one has to live with the parents one is dealt. They can be incredibly good or bad. If you have won the “lottery of life”, realize you are lucky where others have not been. But back to the point of this post. You can’t pick your parents but you can decide if you will be a good child. You can treat people with respect and kindness for the good they have done. And you can treat people with respect and kindness when they have not been so good.

How are you going to be a good child today? If your father is living, do you make the call today? If your father is no longer with you, what do you do to honor the memory?

For me I will remember all the things that my father did to make me smile. Maybe I will have a tuna fish sandwich, for he loved eating those.

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  1. Unfortunately, my beloved father and best friend died two years ago but his influence was so strong during my growing years, his imprint will forever be stamped on my decisions (both financially and ethically) for the rest of my life.

    I only bring this up because I want all the fathers on this site to know that of all intra-familial relationships, the father/daughter connection is the strongest and most important. Women need male role models not only for personal relationships but in order to succeed financially. My dad taught me how to work, save and invest at an early age; you can’t buy that kind of education.

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  2. I sent a card and  plan to call my dad tomorrow. I’m thankful that he was often an affectionate father who told us how proud he was of us. When we are in need, he will often drop everything to help us.

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  3. sawatdeeka:
    I sent a card and  plan to call my dad tomorrow. I’m thankful that he was often an affectionate father who told us how proud he was of us. When we are in need, he will often drop everything to help us.

    Devoted Dads are simply irreplaceable and as I’ve often commented, the lack of them has contributed to the downfall of American society.

    What really kills me is that every time I make some big decisions, I want to tell him and I can’t. My husband/partner understands this.

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  4. My father’s favorite hymn was  This is my Father’s World.   Tune: Terra Beata ( oh  what a melodious phrase!), words by Maltbie D. Babcock, according to my Methodist Hymnal.  Please check it out on YouTube!

    I never hear it, or hum it, without thinking of him, just as he may have thought of my grandfather ( who acquired and built our family home here) as well as of God .  “Happy the man whose hope and care/ A few paternal acres bound-/ Content to breathe in his own air/ On his own ground!”

    (That’s Landor, I think)

    I live in my father’s world, and I bless him for keeping it for us.

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  5. Hypatia:
    My father’s favorite hymn was  This is my Father’s World.   Tune: Terra Beata ( oh  what a melodious phrase!), words by Maltbie D. Babcock, according to my Methodist Hymnal.  Please check it out on YouTube!

    I never hear it, or hum it, without thinking of him, just as he may have thought of my grandfather ( who acquired and built our family home here) as well as of God .  “Happy the man whose hope and care/ A few paternal acres bound-/ Content to breathe in his own air/ On his own ground!”

    (That’s Landor, I think)

    I live in my father’s world, and I bless him for keeping it for us.

    Yikes, my father’s was Amazing Grace which I personally took umbrage to but had  to put up with during his funeral out of respect for his request. The first two lines are dreadful:

    Amazing Grace, How sweet the sound

    That saved a wretch like me …

    This was a very mournful hymn sung by slaves in the 19th century and I was already upset enough without this historical reminder.

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  6. EThompson:

    Hypatia:
    My father’s favorite hymn was  This is my Father’s World.   Tune: Terra Beata ( oh  what a melodious phrase!), words by Maltbie D. Babcock, according to my Methodist Hymnal.  Please check it out on YouTube!

    I never hear it, or hum it, without thinking of him, just as he may have thought of my grandfather ( who acquired and built our family home here) as well as of God .  “Happy the man whose hope and care/ A few paternal acres bound-/ Content to breathe in his own air/ On his own ground!”

    (That’s Landor, I think)

    I live in my father’s world, and I bless him for keeping it for us.

    Yikes, my father’s was Amazing Grace which I personally took umbrage to but had  to put up with during his funeral out of respect for his request. The first two lines are dreadful:

    Amazing Grace, How sweet the soundThat saved a wretch like me …

    This was a very mournful hymn sung by slaves in the 19th century and I was already upset enough without this historical reminder.

    Yes, I don’t want anyone singing that over me!  Though I do like to harmonize with it.

    I hate all those hymns where people abase and abuse themselves. Surely we are the crown of creation?  This excessive humility is the language of a medieval courtier.

    Actually it was written by a slaver,  during or right after a terrible storm at sea.  But he went on being a slave trader afterwards.

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  7. Hypatia:
    I hate all those hymns where people abase and abuse themselves.

    I know it! And my father was hardly the type to debase himself. He was often gibed for a wee bit of arrogance.

    I suppose this will remain an unsolved mystery.

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  8. sawatdeeka:
    I sent a card and  plan to call my dad tomorrow. I’m thankful that he was often an affectionate father who told us how proud he was of us. When we are in need, he will often drop everything to help us.

    I was never much of a card sender. Do you make the card or buy one, sawatdeeka?

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  9. I am writing this comment to hopefully to remember that a post on funeral songs would be a good post.

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  10. 10 Cents:

    sawatdeeka:
    I sent a card and  plan to call my dad tomorrow. I’m thankful that he was often an affectionate father who told us how proud he was of us. When we are in need, he will often drop everything to help us.

    I was never much of a card sender. Do you make the card or buy one, sawatdeeka?

    I buy it.

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  11. He died in 2005. My perspective on him is conflicted at best. He was a very flawed man, but then so am I.

    My view of Fathers Day is that I am incredibly honored to be called Dad by 2 amazing young people. I should be honoring them.

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  12. I don’t have to look it up on YouTube! This is My Father’s World was my father’s favorite hymn too, or at any rate the one he chose for his funeral, and it is a beautiful and comforting one. But my father didn’t sing hymns much. On car trips he led a collection of awful ditties. My siblings and I still run through them when we get together. I will probably sing them tomorrow. And This is My Father’s World.

    Very cool that you still have the house your grandfather built, Hypatia. 

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  13. Great Adventure:
    He died in 2005. My perspective on him is conflicted at best. He was a very flawed man, but then so am I.

    My view of Fathers Day is that I am incredibly honored to be called Dad by 2 amazing young people. I should be honoring them.

    This is why the post is titled the way it is. We the children have to resolve the past for the next generation. Mistakes were made but hopefully corrections can be made too.

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  14. Jojo:
    I don’t have to look it up on YouTube! This is My Father’s World was my father’s favorite hymn too, or at any rate the one he chose for his funeral, and it is a beautiful and comforting one. But my father didn’t sing hymns much. On car trips he led a collection of awful ditties. My siblings and I still run through them when we get together. I will probably sing them tomorrow. And This is My Father’s World.

    ”This is my Father’s world!/Why should my heart be sad?/ The Lord is King, let the Heavens ring, /God reigns! Let the Earth be glad!”

    Crying…so beautiful, so simple really..a paean of faith and trust .in words of one syllable!

    Very cool that you still have the house your grandfather built, Hypatia. 

    You cannot imagine how I love it!

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  15. Great comments, y’all. My sister made reservations at a nice (for the area) restaurant for dinner last night. I think my dad enjoyed it just because we were all together. He’s not a fan of eating out.

    @ethompson, I call my dad about the same things. My husband doesn’t understand it either.

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  16. Great Adventure:
    My view of Fathers Day is that I am incredibly honored to be called Dad by 2 amazing young people. I should be honoring them.

    What a refreshing and unusual thought!

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