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When the Lord was creating fathers he started with a tall frame. And an angel standing nearby said, “What kind of father is that? If You’re going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put fathers up so high? He won’t be able to shoot marbles without

kneeling. He won’t be able to tuck a child in bed without bending.

He won’t even be able to kiss a child without stooping?” And God

Smiled and said, “Yes, but if I make him child size, who will the

children have to look up to?”

And when God made the father’s hands, they were large and

skinny. And the angel shook his head and said, I don’t think You

want to make hand like that. Large hands are clumsy. They can’t

manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony tails, or

even remove splinters caused by baseball bats.” God smiled again

and said, “I know, but they’re large enough to hold everything a

small boy empties from his pockets at the end of the day—yet

small enough to cup a child’s face in his hands.”

And then, God molded long, slim legs and broad shoulders.

The angel nearly had a heart attack. “Boy, this is the end of the

week, all right!” he said. How’s he going to pull a child close to

him without the kid falling between his legs?” And God smiled

and said, “A mother needs a lap but a father needs strong

shoulders to pull a sled, balance a boy on a bicycle, or hold a

sleepy head on the way home from the circus.”

God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone

Had ever seen when the angel could not be contained any longer.

“That’s not fair,” he said. “Do you honestly think that those large

canal boats are going to dig out of bed early in the morning when

the baby cries? or walk through a small birthday party without

crushing at least three of the guests?” And God smiles again and

said, “They’ll work. You’ll see. They’ll scare off mice at a summer cabin, or display shoes that will be a challenge.”

God worked throughout the night, giving the father few words,

but a firm voice and eyes that saw everything. Finally, almost

as an afterthought, he added tears. Then He turned to the

angel and said, “Now are we satisfied that he can love as much

as a mother?” And the angel was silent!

SOURCE: Erma Bombeck

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