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6/13/2013 8:00:00 PM
I Remember
By Charles Wall

Father's Day is observed on the third Sunday in June. It was started in Spokane, Washington in 1910, by Mrs. Don B. Dodd. It was a tribute to her father who was a veteran of the Civil War.

From there the idea spread to most other states and to some other countries.

Father's Day is a good time to remember out gathers and give them special recognition. The presence of the father has a positive influence on his children, both young and old.

The different things we have received from our fathers have varying degrees of permanence. For example, we have probably already spent the allowance money our fathers gave us when we were growing up. But there are other things more permanent that we have received.

Our fathers and mothers provided us a home and took care of us as we were growing up.

For some of us our fathers and grandfathers taught us a trade or skill or craft that helped us in later like. They taught us good work habits.

Our fathers taught us by word and example how to get along with other people and to treat people kindly.

Our fathers participated in community organizations and church and gave us an example in that.

Some fathers give their time coaching young athletic teams in which their children play.

Fathers and grandfathers have wisdom. Even if they are not up-to-date with the latest technology, they have common sense.

Often times the father and grandfather knows family traditions. They can tell stories of the past that entertain, inspire, and teach.

There is something special about the relationship of a child with his/her grandfather.

They are often special pals. A child always remembers his/her grandfather. Some of the tools an other possessions our fathers and grandfathers used serve as mementos by which we remember them. When my wife Mary Jane was a girl, she and her grandfather Pearson were special pals. We still have a coal chisel and a screwdriver that belonged to Grandpa Pearson.

I have a Bain farm wagon and a hand hoe that belonged to Grandpa Wall. We have a wooden desk that belonged to my Grandpa Fiala.

My daughter-in-law Lila has painting that her father made. We can remember our fathers by the things they did or the things they made. We can also remember them by the stories they told.

There is another more lasting and valuable thing our fathers can give us - the belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Exodus 15:2 says, "The Lord is my father's God, and I will exalt Him." This is described in the hymn, "Faith of our Fathers."

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