Blog 2029 – 04.15.2021
My Dad Is Great
My Dad Is Great
Much is written and sung in praise of mothers and rightfully so for where indeed would we be without them, but today’s children’s book and this blog is dedicated to dads. I consider myself most fortunate to have been allowed to be the dad of a wonderful daughter, Emily Elaine, and wonderful son, Jonathan David. I was and am no perfect father but they are, in my mind and heart at least, perfect children.
My dad was not a perfect man, but he was a great dad and even better grandpa. I heard a song about a father written and sung by a devoted daughter and changed a few words to make it fit better my own dad. I share it at the conclusion today’s piece.
To paraphrase a famous quote, “If we have touched the stars it is because we stood on the shoulders of giants.” To a little boy of five, my dad, who only stood about five foot eight inches tall, seemed like a giant as I followed him in his footsteps to the Tennessee River on our first ever just the two of us fishing trip. My shoes and feet got stuck in the mud, but he reached down, plucked me and my shoes out, and I rode the rest of the way on his shoulders. I think of that when I hear Josh Groban sing “You Raise Me Up.” My wife, Linda, loves that song. I will sing it for her and for you tomorrow at the end of the two hundred ninety sixth and the last of my blogs about the children’s book that I picked for my David Reads Children’s Books project, called All For Pie Pie For All. Tune in tomorrow.
Your friend and fellow traveler,