Father's Day 1999

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Father's Day Story: A Teddy Bear's Adventure at the Dump
Father's Day 1999

Father's Day Story: A Teddy Bear's Adventure at the Dump


In 1999 the public radio show, This American Life, published an audio story of a man who went to extraordinary lengths to search for his 7 year old's lost teddy bear. It's a wonderful story, not only because it shows the dedication of a dad who would do almost anything for his child. But it also makes us aware of all the extraordinary things our dads did for us as kids that we didn't appreciate. Even if we said thanks we probably had no idea of what he really had to go through to make our lives a bit more comfortable or reduce some of the suffering that was our natural karmic consequence. This story (in audio format) is worth listening to (5 min long). It may inspire you to think of your own father and some of the reasons for honoring him this Father's Day.

You can find it (and several other good stories) on This American Life's website: www.thislife.org/Radio_Episode.aspx?episode=132 Go to #132: Father's Day '99 Click on "Full Episode"
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Father's Day 1999


A review of the June, 1999 issue of Seville "parent" type magazine's (like Parent magazine) revealed no mention of Fathers or Fathers Day, even in their calendar of events sections. This isn't unusual, since many of these publications that inply parenting in their name like "Parent" or "Family", are really directed to women and children. We do want to give special recognition to Life magazine for their June, 99 issue for publishing several excellent and positive articles about fathers. "Steven Spielberg and his dad:  Healing a 15-year rift," plus "What makes a good dad?" and "Life's fatherhood test", and "Family tales from Doug Flutie, Rob Reiner and others."  Thanks for a head-start on some positiveness around fathering. It helps us prepare for the Sunday, June 20 newspaper campaign against fathers. If it's anything like the past, the major newspapers will be sure to carry at least one negative story about dads - dead beat, distant dads, violent dads, you name it. I can't remember the last time I saw a similar story in any newspaper on Mother's Day about mothers (and the fact is that there are a bigger percentage of Dead Beat Moms than Dads and moms who abuse their young children than dads). But, the press loves to dig at men, and will use the only real day men get to be honored, to do just the opposite. No time like the present to write or call or email your local papers asking them to just do positive stories on fathers in their June 20 edition and save the other stories for another day, possibly about mothers and fathers that fall into the those negative categories. Also, take this time to get something special for your dad (you all had one), or a call, if he is still alive. A visit, if it is at all possible. And, atleast take some time to bring back at least one good memory about your dad. (Also check out our "Books" sections on Fathers, Fathers & Daughters, Fathers & Sons, Gay Fathers, Single Fathers and Step Fathers and the "Issues" sections around Fathers, Fathers & Daughters, Fathers & Sons, and Father's Stories.)

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Father's Day - A time to give love and thanks to all fathers, grand fathers, great grand fathers; day for all fathers to celebrate fatherhood and contemplate their sacred duty to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of their children and the other children of this world.



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