Friday, June 19, 2009


Spring enjoys its final hurrah today and tomorrow, finally giving way - officially - to summer on Sunday.

Which also happens to be Father's Day. The one day of the year I absolutely KNOW I'm not gonna mow the yard.



Being a Dad means you have to get off the couch.

Being a Dad means determining you will influence your child's faith, morals, integrity, and convictions before society does.

Being a Dad means being a good husband. Kids never get the best part of a divorce settlement.

Being a Dad means putting a crib where your stereo used to be.

Being a Dad means asking, "Did you poop?" right out loud in public.

Being a Dad means understanding that more than a baby was born. So was a father.

Being a Dad means wondering how a baby can grin and at the same time deliver a nuclear blast in its diaper.

Being a Dad means wondering how you can own a business with 30 employees but can't get a two-year old into the bathtub.

Being a Dad means having crayon art on your desk at work; and loving it.

Being a Dad means playing your kids' computer games late at night so you can finally beat them at one.

Being a Dad means having the dreaded sex talk and finding out your kids are not as embarrassed as you are.

Being a Dad means spending $6,000 on a trip to the Rockies, $10,000 on a Disney cruise, and having your children say their best vacation was the camping weekend trip that cost $212.

Being a Dad means learning to dread two words: Spring Break.

Being a Dad means realizing your kids have no idea what you do all day.

Being a Dad means knowing entire families have lived for a year on less than what you pay for auto insurance.

[selected from "1001 Things It Means to Be A Dad" by Harry H. Harrison, Jr.; additional material by Mark Raymond]


My daughter gave me that book.

Another Open House this weekend and some family time on Sunday. I'll see you on Monday.



WEB SITE of the WEEK: List member Lisa H. posted a good link on Facebook so with her permission I'm reprinting it here. has a ton of ready-made common signage that you can download and print right at home. More than 180 of 'em.


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WORDS for YOUR WEEKEND: "My hope and intention is not to get any older than strictly necessary." (Ashleigh Brilliant)

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