A List Maker's Life: Picnic Table Talk: Dads

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Picnic Table Talk: Dads

This week's picnic table talk at ABC & 123 is devoted to dads, in response to Father's Day last weekend. I started so many different posts in honor of Kevin and my own dad, but I just wasn't able to put it together the way they both deserve. In the end, I skipped the public attention for their special day and picked Hallmark, "That's what I was trying to say", cards instead.

However, I wouldn't want to miss out on the picnic table fun. I dug up this great article on Dads by Erma Bombeck. You may have read it before, but I think it's worth reading again.

When God Created Fathers...

When the good Lord was creating Fathers he started with a tall frame.

And a female angel nearby said, "What kind of Father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put fathers up so high? He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping."

And God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him child size, who would children have to look up to?"

And when God made a Father's hands, they were large and sinewy.

And the angel shook her head sadly and said, "Do you know what you're doing? Large hands are clumsy. They can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats."

And God smiled and said, "I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets at the end of a day...yet small enough to cup a child's face in his hands."

And then God moulded long, slim legs and broad shoulders.

And the angel nearly had a heart attack. "Boy, this is the end of the week, all right," she clucked. "Do you realize you just made a Father without a lap? How is he going to pull a child close to him without the kid falling between his legs?"

And God smiled and said, "A mother needs a lap. A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, balance a boy on a bicycle, and hold a sleepy head on the way home from the circus."

God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had every seen when the angel could contain herself no longer.

"That's not fair. Do you honestly think those large boats are going to dig out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a small birthday party without crushing at least three of the guests?"

And God smiled and said, "They'll work. You'll see. They'll support a small child who wants to ride a horse to Banbury Cross, or scare off mice at the summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge to fill."

God worked throughout the night, giving the Father few words, but a firm authoritative voice; eyes that saw everything, but remained calm and tolerant.

Finally, almost as an afterthought, he added tears.

Then he turned to the angel and said, "Now, are you satisfied that he can love as much as a Mother?"

The angel said nothing more.

Erma Bombeck

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  1. That was good Katie! God knows what He's doing that's for sure. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I really like this. THanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks for sharing this verse. I have really enjoyed reading it!

  4. Our Pastor actually read this for Father's Day last year, it's a good one though! Thanks for sharing!! :D

  5. Erma said things so well. I have read this before and love the message. Thanks for the reminder.


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