“If The Shoe Fits, Wear It!”

Happy Friday, All!

Just when you thought I wouldn’t, I did!  Thank God It’s Friday!

The weekend has arrived … well, almost.  Isn’t it amazing how so many people on the Earth look forward to Fridays!?  Some of us work Fridays and Saturdays and Sundays, but there is traditionally something about Friday that makes it so nice!  Be sure to enjoy it, okay?!

This weekend also holds a pretty important day on Sunday – Father’s Day!  Most of us seem to have a bit more love in the air around Mother’s Day but not so much on Father’s Day.  I am not really sure but people seem to love mothers in our culture more than fathers.  We may be socialized like that, you know, to believe and feel that mothers are more nurturing and caring and loving than a father.  A father is supposed to be like a tough guy who never wavers under pressure, is the major bread winner for the family and the one who is supposed to protect and shield the family from danger ….  Might that be a stereotype, too?

Often, a father leaves a lot to be desired by the child and mother.  Yet, I do know of some fine gentleman who seemed to “have broken the mold” when God made fathers!  In the background of my mind’s thoughts, I hear the James Brown song: “This is a man’s world! …. but it would be nothing, not one little thing … without a woman or a girl!”  For those father’s who have earned it, Happy Father’s Day!

Like most things in life, whether it is “good” to us or not, we can learn something from it … or, in this case … him.

“A father is a thousand schoolmasters.”  – Louis Nizer

I will make peace with my father in my mind, and his strength and that of his father will be a well-spring in my life.  (TOUCHSTONES June 15th)

May we remember the lessons that our fathers did … or did not teach us … they are still our fathers … peace be still!

Sincerely yours,

John I. CookRed rose, Director


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