What Makes a Great Dad?

Anne Kimball

Life on the Funny Farm

With Father's Day around the corner, I thought I'd review a few things about my beloved.
And that would be Fred.
I wrote this about him last year when I first started doing the whole Sunday Social thing, so I'm just cutting and pasting it here.
What. I'm busy, OK?

And there he is. The one with the red hair.




Ain't he handsome?
Problem is, besides being handsome, Fred is the strong, silent, private type. As in, he doesn't much care for me broadcasting all his likes and dislikes and quirks and what-not out to my hundreds of thousands of fans.
Did you just snicker? I heard you snicker.
So what can I tell you about my beloved?

cricket, cricket....

Not much. Sigh.
But I can cheat. I can tell you what I like.....
I like... A man who is tall and broad and strong. A man who understands hard work and working hard because he has been there and done that. A man who is not afraid of changing out a toilet or chopping firewood or running the tractor to plow our driveway in sub-zero windchills after a full day's work. A man who is probably the smartest person I have ever met with an IQ somewhere out there in the stratosphere. A man with a very ecclectic taste in music and books and movies and food. A man who seems more at home and at ease with the salt-of-the-earth folk of his childhood than in the well-to-do circles of his career colleagues.
A man who is an old softie when it comes right down to it, who has supported me in taking in all manner of critters to rescue or foster or bring into our family. A man who has supported me in the pursuit of all my children, no matter how they came to us, no matter whether they were staying with us a week, or a school year, or a lifetime. A man who has taught our children what it is to work hard, to appreciate the good things in life, to apply yourself, and to always help those in need.

But don't tell him I told you any of that.

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