In some parts of the world, today is Father’s Day, Germany not being one of them. My children have never observed the day of any country, which does not bother me. I am not a fan of artificial celebrations. That said, the hoopla of increased advertising does tend to make one think about fathers.
I do not know how my children would answer the question “What did you learn from your father?” and I do not intend to ask them. But, this thought caused me to think about what I learned from my father. Much of what comes to mind is mixed with other lessons, but I like to give him some credit for forming me. The following is a non-inclusive list, because I will never know for sure and it does not matter, as long as I give him some of the credit…
To treat women as equals
Lack of racial bias
How to treat employees
To hate cigarette smoke
Not to curse
Importance of reading
Use of tools
How to seed a lawn
Appreciation of food
To put vinegar on spinach
The boring and unrewarding nature of fishing
Guess who bought this sign...and hung it on her wall.
Of course, it has no impact on lack of Father's Day recognition...
There is a line from, I think, some movie: once more with feeling. I have not idea in what context it was said. A slight change in the words reveals the importance attributed by my children to Father’s Day being observed (by some, but not all children) today in the United States: once more without feeling. They have already ignored the one supposedly celebrated in Germany. Their notice of this insignificant day would by like scientists discovering life on a distant heavenly body. American music, films, and television are required knowledge, but anything that requires giving back is ignored.
There is a good article on this subject in London’s Independent. (http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/sarah-sands/sarah-sands-fathers-we-thank-you-for-your-many-thankless-tasks-2299705.html )
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.