3-Week Series: Double Blessing


Summary: Kids follow Dad’s lead! How can we make sure they get the right stuff?

“Duct Tape and A Clotheshanger”

Proverbs 22:6

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”


Proverbs 22:6

“Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older, he will remain upon it.”


Today is the 100th anniversary of Father’s Day!

The idea of Father’s Day was conceived by Sonora Dodd of Spokane, Wash., while she listened to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Dodd wanted a special day to honor her father, William Smart, a widowed Civil War veteran who was left to raise his six children by himself on a rural farm. The first Father’s Day celebration was 100 years ago today—June 19, 1910. The first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. Father’s Day has been celebrated annually since 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent.

Why It’s Good To Be a Man.

10 You know stuff about tanks.

9 You can go to the bathroom without a support group.

8 If someone forgets to invite you to something he can still be your friend.

7 You can drop by to see a friend without bringing a little gift.

6 If another guy shows up at the same party in the same outfit, you might become lifelong buddies.

5 One wallet, one pair of shoes, one color, all seasons.

4 There is always a game on somewhere.

3 Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with, “So…notice anything different?”

2 If something mechanical doesn’t work, you can bash it with a hammer and throw it across the room.

1 You can do your nails with a pocketknife.

I made a post on Facebook the other day, asking people to respond about unusual habits their father may have had which made him extra special to them. Here are some of those responses:

Terry Arington

My dad used humor as discipline. Once my brother and I got into trouble and he took us into the bedroom, pulled off his belt and said, "OK, boys, let’s make this look good!" He then proceeded to beat the dust out of the mattress. It worked.

Bink Mooney

Yes. He could not pass up a trout stream without stopping and wetting a line 10 - 12 times. He did this in his suit and tie on his Insurance Route, and many times on our way home from Church. I guess that’s why my brothers and I keep rod and reel in truck 24/7 and do the same thing.

Susan Hester

Whenever my mom was in the hospital or some other reason where my dad would have to "cook dinner" he would make his "specialty" which is green beans and scrambled eggs - together....

Doug Coffman

My dad’s big toenail fell off from pitching fastpitch softball, it hurt too much to pitch without it, so he taped it back on for the next week of games. He kept it on top of his dresser.

Richard F Martin

My dad and I could travel for hours and not say a word. We would come home knowing we had had a great time. My mother always asked what we talked about. When we said "nothing" she was convinced we were holding out on her! Just being together was priceless

Speaking of travel, Linnea Bohannon said:

My dad always took the "scenic route", anytime we went somewhere w/ him!! It was always a lot of fun, because we stopped @ many relatives homes on the way home. Family friends were often included in our car trips!! People seldom do that anymore!!! I sure did get to see a lot of my relatives & family friends doing that!!! And, @ every stop, we ate something- whether it was a snack, or a meal- we never went away hungry. Everyone enjoyed our visits, & we never called ahead to tell them- we just showed up!!!

Karen Jaynes

My dad put duct tape on everything and sprayed WD40 on his joints.

Some of our people also got into the act:

Brenda Lock Darr

He always carried around a fork in his pocket & anytime anyone would eat anything, he would get out his fork & say: "you know what I learned today?....sharing:" & he would dig in.

Stephanie Myers Sipes

When I graduated from college my dad gave me an entire hand written spreadsheet (he couldn’t use a computer) detailing the value of compound interest and investing my earnings as soon as I got a job. I still have the spreadsheet

Linda Mace

Growing up, my dad worked 2nd shift at CAT. For whatever reason he would bring a piece of gum home each night for me. Every day as he was leaving I would tell him "don’t forget the gum!"

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