Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day.

Post 232 - - - - - - Sunday, 17th June, 2007,

Hello Everyone ~~ My friend, Raggedy reminded me it was Father;s
Day in the States on Sunday 17th as I believe it is in many other places.
So I would like to wish all the fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers and
any others providing a role model for children a very Happy Day. It is
Sunday night here in Australia so the day is over, but you will wake up
to it. I hope all the Dads have a lovely day and get to spend time with
their kids and grandkids and have a great family time. Here, we
celebrate it in September. In fact part of this post is what I put on
Herons Nest last September. I think it still suits the occasion.

I have had a nice day, with my son John taking me to a craft market
which is held monthly in Shepparton. I bought a couple of presents,
one for my brother, and one for my daughter-in-law and a pair of
nice warm moccasins, also some vegetables. Later he and his
girlfriend called in briefly. But on with the business !!

What is a Dad ?

A dad is a man who is especially honored

At certain times of the year with titles such as,
Head of the family, King of the Roost and

Top Man of the organization.

But more often his presence, his steadfastness,
And his support are taken for granted,
Like the foundations of a house.

To a Dad, life is a give-and-take proposition
He gives his time, energy, love and advice,
And usually has to take a lot in return:---
Complaints, noise, teasing, problems, criticism,
And often what seems to be a sad lack of appreciation.

Besides the requirements of being a man,
A Dad is expected to have the endurance of a camel
The shrewdness of a fox, the patience of an elephant,
The industriousness of a beaver and the cheeriness
of a Robin.

Name anything – a Dad is supposed to fix it,
Mow it, paint it, train it, know all the facts about it,
Exterminate it, call for it or drop it off, spank it,
find it or pay for it.

Dads are not perfect !!
They don’t mind mentioning your faults;
They keep bringing up the subject of work
When you feel the least energetic.

Somehow though, whatever you do in life,
And whatever success you achieve,
One of the biggest, warmest and most gratifying
rewards of all
Is to know --- Dad is proud of you !!

You don’t always tell a Dad how much you love him
because there are no words that really express feelings
So deep and sincere. Still you can’t help but feel,
He understands what’s in your heart --- Dads do !!

Another one for Father's Day.

When I was : 4 years old : My daddy can do anything.

When I was : 5 years old : My daddy knows a whole lot.

When I was : 6 years old : My daddy is smarter than your dad.

When I was : 8 years old : My dad doesn't know Everything.

When I was : 10 years old : In the olden days when my dad grew up,
things sure were different.

When I was : 12 years old : Oh, well, naturally, Dad doesn't know anything
about that, He is too old to remember his childhood.

When I was : 14 years old : Don't pay any attention to my dad. He is so

When I was : 21 years old : Him? He is hopelessly out of date.

When I was : 25 years old : Dad knows about it , but then he should
because he has been around so long.

When I was : 30 years old : Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks as he
has had lots of experience.

When I was : 35 years old : I'm not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.

When I was : 40 years old : I wonder how Dad would have handled it? He
was so wise.

When I was : 50 years old : I'd give anything if Dad were here now so I
could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn't appreciate how smart he
was. I could have learned a lot from him. - - - Ann Landers.


This guy suspects his wife is cheating on him. He comes home early and
she meets him at the door in a bathrobe..., her hair in a mess.
"Where is he ?" he shouts. "Where's the guy who's been sleeping with you?"
"I don't know what you're talking about," she says so he tears the house
apart looking for this guy. Finally he's on the second floor, in the kitchen,
he looks out the window and sees some guy sitting in a Volkswagen.

"Aha," he thinks, "That's the guy who's been sleeping with my wife." He is
so furious he picks up the refrigerator, throws it out the window at the guy.
has a heart attack and dies.

So St. Peter meets him at the gates of Heaven and asks "What are you doing
here?" The guy says, "Well I knew my wife was cheating on me so I came
home early from work and saw him sitting in his Volkswagen out on the
street, threw my refrigerator at him. I had a heart attack and died."
St. Peter says, " You don't belong here; go to Hell." He pulls a big lever,
a trap door opens up and the guy disappears.

A few minutes later another guy comes up to St. Peter at the gates of
Heaven. St. Peter asks, :What are you doing here?" The guy says, I don't
know!! I was just sitting in my Volkswagen, minding my own business,
when suddenly somebody throws a refrigerator at me." St. Peter wags
his finger and says, "I heard about you . . . you go to Hell too." He pulls
the lever and the guy disappears.

A few minutes later, another guy comes up to St. Peter at the gates of
Heaven. St. Peter asks, "What are you doing here ?" The guy says,
"I don't know !! I was just sitting in a refrigerator, minding my own
business . . . . ."

An old blind man and his seeing eye dog walked into a store When he
gets in, he starts swinging the dog around. Upset by this, the manager
demanded to know what he was doing. The blind man calmly replied
"I'm just looking around.

Three old guys are out walking. First one says, "Windy, isn't it ?"
Second one says, "No, it's Thursday."
Third one says, " So am I. Let's go get a beer."

A man was telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It
cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art. It's perfect."
"Really," answered his neighbor. "What kind is it ?"
"Twelve thirty."

Morris, an 82 year old man, went to the doctor to get a physical.
A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street
with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.

A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're
really doing great, aren't you ?"

Morris replied, " Just doing what you said, Doc : Geta hot mamma
and be cheerful."
The doctor said, " I didn't say that. I said, :You've got a heart
murmer, be careful !!' "


Tonight blogger is deciding what colors I get to use. Sorry.
Probably, you all know this, but I just learnt that by holding
down the control key and then pressing the "+" it enlarges the
print , when it is a bit too small to read comfortably. Then by
holding Ctl down and pressing the "-" it reduces the font size.

Just a few quotes to finish with - - - - -

It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers
and sons. - - Johann Schiller.

Blessed is the man who hears many gentle voices call hin Father.
- - - Lydia M. Child.

It is much easier to become a father than to be one.-Kent Nerburn.

One night a father overheard his son pray : Dear God, Make me the
kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the father prayed,
Dear God. Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be. -Anon.

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. - -George Herbert.

The greatest gift I ever received from God. I call him Dad. - - Anonymous.

Bye for now, my friends, Happy Father's Day to all the Dads and all the
Grandpas And to everyone have a nice Sunday. Love and Best Wishes
to you all. Cheers, Merle.

Post 232 - - - - - Sunday, 17th June, 2007.


LZ Blogger said...

Merle ~ Nice Dad's thoughts here on Father's Day in the States! THANKS! ~ jb///

Raggedy said...

Fantastic post!
The Father's Day thoughts were fabulous!
Thank you for the linkage dear friend.
Huggles and Love,

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thank you, Merle. As the father of two sons, I am celebrating Father’s Day with glee.

Big Dave T said...

I knew it! I told Peter I was coming over here for some Father's Day inspirational material. I knew you'd have something for us dads. Thanks a bunch Merle. Always can count on you.

Lady Di Tn said...

Wonderful tribute to Fathers. Wish I could say Happy Fathers day to mine.(He was a mess but my mess)I am gonna print this post for my sis who does not even own a computer Silly girl.Hope I do not run out of paper or ink.
Thank you for aways putting a little perk in my day.

Puss-in-Boots said...

Hi Merle

That's a lovely post for Father's Day in the States and elsewhere.

I didn't know my real father very well, but I had a wonderful stepfather who died 12 years ago. I was dreadfully upset at the time.

Now my brothers and I, when we get together, say...Do you remember when Dad...? So we have those lovely and funny memories of him.

Glad you had a good time at the markets...and got some good buys by the sound of it.

Take care of yourself.

Love and hugs xoxo

Jim said...

Hi Merle -- My brother-in-law told that joke from a flatbed one day in Climax, Georgia.
It was at the 'Swine Festival' and the flatbed was where the MC was making fun of people in the audience.
Bro-in-law got the mike somehow, the MC said he (MC) 'would tell the jokes here.'

Jim said...

P.S. I forgot to say it was the blindman looking around joke.

Val said...

I remember reading Ann Landers' columns when I lived in the U.S. They often had good messages, and this is one of the best. Here I am at 61 and still have my dad for which I have long been grateful, and although he lives across the Pacific, we are still so close in spirit.

Peter said...

Hi Merle, I read with interest that you found a present for your brother at the market.... perhaps something from a more salubrious source would be more fitting?... Nah, maybe not.

mreddie said...

My Dad passed in 1995 and I missed him today. I've told many that my Dad was hopelessly uninformed when I left for the army and it amazed me how much he learned in the three years I was gone. :) ec

Granny said...


If I did know that about type size, I'd forgotten. My old keyboard had a scroll which did it for me.

Just checked your system and it works.

Thanks bunches.

Oh, and thanks for signing my guest book (by way of Peter).

Lee said...

Another very nice post, Merle. :)