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June 19, 2011

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My dad taught me all sorts of stuff -- how to check my oil, how to unclog a drain, how to get the sand paper into the cracks (wrap it around a ruler). I was always holding the flashlight during his plumbing and carpentry and automotive projects, but he also made me to help. He taught me that yes, it was important to learn all the "woman" skills, but that it was equally important to learn all of the "man" skills. Most importantly, he taught me not to let other people place limitations on me and not to be too influenced by other people's expectations (including his). Good lessons, all of them.

I will have to try the sand paper around the ruler trick. I missed that one. Yeah, dads are good that way. Thanks for adding your voice, Signe, (and your dad's) to this little meditation on fathers.

Lisa, thank you for this lovely meditation. I'm reading it on Tuesday because
I was fortunate to be able to spend the weekend celebrating my older daughter's
birthday (now that was a Father's Day gift 23 years ago!) as well. It works both
ways, of course: that young man with his baby (I still dream of those days, my
girls in my arms or on my shoulders) is lucky to have a neighbor such as you.

Hey Jim, thank you for the kind words. And, your daughter clearly has a father who cares. Lucky people all around...

Happy Father's Day Jim! And Happy Birthday to your daughter. 23!

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