Sunday, June 18, 2023

Father's Day 2023

 A father acts on behalf of his children by working, providing, intervening, struggling, and suffering for them.  In so doing, he really stands in their place.  He is not an isolated individual, but incorporates the selves of several people in his own self."

Dietrich Bonhoffer

I love this picture from Sadie’s wedding. PapaRock wanted a picture with his grandkids, but this little girl wanted in too. So, in she came. Welcomed as if that’s exactly where she belonged. The more the merrier. 

It makes me think of a favorite recent quote. On a prominent wall in our living room, opposite the television, we have a series of framed sayings, quotes, and inspirational messages. A description of a Hobbit’s home. A reminder to create not consume. And a reminder that goes something like this,

“As you get more than you need, build a bigger table, not a higher fence.”

It’s at its simplest a reminder to share. But to me it goes so much further. It’s a direction to create a space where more are welcome. Where they can feel like they belong. 

On this Father’s Day, I thank my dad for fostering that sense of welcome. At the store, in our home, and wherever we went. Where my introvert self would want to turn inward, I’m still impressed by Dad’s ability to never meet a stranger, and to find people he knew wherever we went. It continually reminds me that we are all more connected than we could ever imagine and that, if we look for it, this world can be a pretty small place after all. 

So, PapaRock, I pray you’ve had a great Father’s Day today. Though me and my siblings are scattered across three states, I’m thankful for technology that allows us to remain in better touch and look forward to our get together in a coupes of weeks. I pray today has been a full one, with a lot of great laughs and joy from friends and family alike. 

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!  We love you!

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