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When the Good Lord Created Fathers


I pause to honor all fathers today. Happy Fathers Day to all our dads of all races, nationalities, and cultures living in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Fathers are special creatures God designed to love in a special way. Nothing can compare to a fatherís love. When they are committed to their fathering task, they have an undying dedication, and a tenacious commitment that not even a motherís love can match. Bahamian and Caribbean fathers are special and unique. They bring into their loving, an extraordinary, and creative form of energy, garnered through the mixture of many cultural, racial, and national traditions.

The love of dedicated Bahamian and Caribbean fathers is like crazy glue between two pieces of wood, baking powder in a cake, yeast in bread dough, gray cement in white sand, and water on a dry parched land. A Caribbean fatherís love is sensational, powerful, and healing. A dedicated, loving, Caribbean father is proof that fathers can love as much as mothers . . . And maybe a little more.

Here is a short allegory of fathers entitled "When the good Lord Created Fathers" written by the late Erma Bombeck, humorist and author. She died April 22, 1996 in San Francisco, California. Although I do not agree with all her nuances or ideas about fathers, I do like the gist of the story, so I thought you might enjoy it also:

"When the good Lord was creating fathers, He started with a tall frame. 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. The angel shook her head sadly and said, "Large hands are clumsy. They can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on ponytails or even remove splinters caused by sticks used as 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." And then God molded long, slim legs and broad shoulders. 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 or 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 ever 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 on, giving the father few words but a firm, authoritative voice and 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 shutteth up." "

Happy Fathers Day!




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