Good Gifts

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Early in the book version of Peter Pan, Wendy’s father is jealous of the family’s beloved dog Nana. He plays a mean-spirited prank on her. And then when the children are dismayed, he complains bitterly, “Much good it is my wearing myself to the bone trying to be funny in this house!”

“Father was ashamed of himself,” the narration explains, “and yet he did it. All owing to his too affectionate nature, which craved admiration.”

The job of children is:

  • Not to admire all we do (no matter how much we may crave it)

  • But only that which is actually admirable (and to learn the difference)

  • And to love us anyway

The job of fathers is:

  • To teach our children not to admire all we do

  • To do that which is actually admirable (and to know the difference)

  • And to be grateful for their loving us anyway

Happy Father’s Day!

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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22 Responses to Good Gifts

  1. Daedalus Lex says:

    Reminds me of that poignant Graham Nash song (CSNY), “Teach Your Children.” Remember that one?

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  2. Sweet, Mitch! Happy Father’s Day. 🙂

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  3. Tausha J. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these simple yet profound truths! Happy Father’s Day!

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  4. Remarkably wise advice.

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  5. revruss1220 says:

    Happy Father’s Day to you, too, Mitch. I hope you were well-celebrated.

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  6. Well said, Mitch! I hope you had a good Father’s Day.

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  7. Happy Father’s Day!

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  8. numrhood says:

    matthew 7:13 enter in the gates

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