Today I would like to honor fathers and especially my father, Keith, with a quote from Mark Twain:
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
I love this quote because it captures the feelings I think most sons have about their fathers. During adolescence we tend to think our father don’t really know what they are talking about and certainly they don’t know what is best for us. After a few years we realize how much our father’s do know and how prescient was their earlier advice.
Now this doesn’t quite apply to my relationship with my father. As I grow older my respect and love for my father’s advice grows and as an adolescent, I didn’t always give his advice the weight it deserved. But, and this is where the quote doens’t apply to our relationship, I have always known and respected his broad, worldly and practical knowledge.
Happy Father’s Day Dad! Thanks for all your love, support and wisdom.
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