June 15, 2014

Cheerful Real Father’s Day!


Cheerful Real Father’s Day!

In honor of Father’s Day, or Real Father’s Day as I like to call it, here’s 10 meaningful quotes.

But first! What’s a “real” father? The gentleman who shows up. Who loves, teaches, protects, serves, advises. It’s got very little to do with biology, and everything to do with caring. I write about that here in some depth: “Unhappy Father’s Day.”

And so I honor real fathers. I look forward to being one. I’ll make a ton of mistakes, every day, I’m sure. But I’ll show up. I’ll care. I can’t wait (that said, I’m in no rush).

Enjoy these quotes—I selected ones that honor all you real fathers out there:

“It is easy for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” ~ Pope John XXIII

“It is much easier to become a father than to be one.” ~ Kent Nerburn

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” ~ Sigmund Freud.

“Parents aren’t ‘good parents’ because they’re perfect. They’re good parents because they strive to do the best they can.” ~ Isaac Podolefsky

“A man’s worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own.” ~ Lisa Rogers

“At a time of reproductive freedom for women, fatherhood must be more than a matter of DNA. A man must choose to be a father in the same way that a woman chooses to be a mother.” ~ Mel Feit

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” ~ William Shakespeare

“Why are men reluctant to become fathers? They aren’t through being children.” ~ Cindy Garner

“To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to have a simple livelihood; this is a great blessing.” ~ Buddha

Yours in the Vision of an Enlightened Society,

Waylon Lewis


Relephant bonus:

My favorite poem.



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