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As I was preparing for Sunday School, I caught a few minutes of a talk show that was honouring fathers. A young woman was struggling to explain what she thought a father’s job was: meeting needs around the home, doing things, fixing things. The commentator summarized her fuzzy thoughts in one word: providing. She agreed.

Another young fellow, when asked what his dad did, said, “He watches.” It’s from the book, "Do Yourself a Favor: Love Your Wife." The author asked the boy what his father did. The boy replied, "He watches."

"You mean that he is a night watchman?"

"Oh, no," the little boy exclaimed. "He just watches."

"Well, what does he watch?"

"I don’t know if I can tell you everything," the boy continued,

"but I can name a few things." "Well, tell me," the author replied.

"He watches TV, he watches Mom do the housework, he watches for the paperboy, he watches the weather... And I think he watches girls, too," he said, with an impish grin on his face. "He watches the stock market, football games, all the sports,

he watches Mother spank us, and he watches us do our homework.

He watches us leave to go to church and school and shopping.

He watches Mom write letters and me play with my dog.

He watches Mom pay the bills - but mainly he just watches,"

said the little fellow, with a note of sadness in his voice.

Although fathers need to be informed, surely just ‘watching’ isn’t enough.

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