In humans, men fathering many children by many different mothers is one of the causes of many social problems, in animals it’s quite an achievement:
One of LIC’s longest-serving bulls has reached the landmark achievement of selling one million semen straws in New Zealand and overseas.
Holstein-Friesian bull San Ray FM Beamer ET S2F – better known as Beamer – reached the figure just in time for Father’s Day this year, ironic as he has sired around 170,000 daughters around the country over the last eight years. . .
I didn’t listen to him because he was my father & wouldn’t know anything until I was much older…. © 2014 Brian Andreas – posted with permission.
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Chosen for Fathers Day and dedicated to all the good fathers who are patient enough to wait until their children are old enough to know enough to listen.
Happy Father’s Day.
This is from Story People by Brian Andreas.
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The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.
Pope John XXIII
I just owe almost everything to my father and it’s passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass’; ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’
Story People asks how do men know how to be fathers?:
How do they know how to make a feast of a crisp autumn day, a football game, tomato soup & a grilled cheese sandwich? How do they know how to weave a soft blanket of safety when we sleep in the back seat of the car, purring down the long road home?
How do they sift our own dreams out of our promise to be part of the whole world?
How do they know how to teach us fairness, generosity and patience? How do they know how to reach for our hand and when to let go?
How do they know? I think of the men, the good & the great, in my life & it occurs to me for the first time: they don’t. What they know is to love. To love.
They learn, as we all do, along the way.
Every day, all around the world, men become fathers and they will teach their children, one way or another. It’s a good time, on Father’s Day, to love them, our men – to play with them, to laugh with them, to cry, to plan, to dream adventures. This is what they’ll share with their children.
Their children are ours.
You may not remember the time you let me go first. Or the time you dropped back to tell me it wasn’t that far to go. Or the time you waited at the crossroads for me to catch up. You may not remember any of those, but I do & this is what I have to say to you: today, no matter what it takes, we ride home together. Brian Andreas at Story People
Happy Fathers Day to all you fathers.