Father’s Dud?

Tomorrow is Father’s Day in my country, and I realize not everyone has had the kind of warm, wise, loving daddykins they can wax sentimental over.


If that’s a little too close for comfort, I pray you’ve reconciled with your imperfect dad, or will (hey, Luke did). Or if he’s no longer around, that you will in your heart. But perhaps even more importantly, I pray you’ll find, or have found, worthy stand-ins, people to help show you “how to be” in this broken, beautiful world.

“(It’s) hard to see the light now, just don’t let it go.
Things will come out right now, we can make it so.
Someone is on your side, no one is alone.”

~Stephen Sondheim

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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8 Responses to Father’s Dud?

  1. Roos Ruse says:

    I can think of only one reconciliation that’s better than making peace with our parents – no matter what evils they may have done. What a great example here, Mitch! Happy Father’s day, Dude

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  2. Twinkletoes says:

    Your post was great. Thanks for sharing. Actually, I believe the way out of the pain is to forgive those who’ve hurt you and let it go. Of course, if you’re like me, sometimes you have to remind yourself 7 times a day that as far as you’re concerned the slate has been wiped clean.

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  3. Such a thoughtful post, Mitch! God bless you for your compassionate heart!

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  4. Forgiveness can sometimes be an ongoing process. Most days, I’m fine, but I must occasionally stop and forgive my dad all over again.

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    • mitchteemley says:

      I understand. I’ve found praying for people (even those who’ve passed on) to be a particularly effective process–not necessarily fast, but effective.


      • As we say in the Army, “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast”. Forgiveness is never a fast process, and people need to understand that some old wounds will continue to haunt long after forgiveness is granted. There are people in my life I still have to forgive all over again.

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