This I Believe: On Fatherhood

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"As much as I resisted it, in a way, I became him. People compare me to my father. I'm proud of that. I just had to do some living to see it."—Lawrence Newton, Washington, DC

"I'm not 'watching the kids' in my wife's absence, and I am not the stand-in parental unit. Being my boys' father entitles me to all of the benefits and responsibilities of the job, all of the time."—Jeff Sloan, Colorado

"I sat there in the dark, surrounded by the soothing sounds and smells of my ...

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Overview

Excerpts from This I Believe: On Fatherhood

"As much as I resisted it, in a way, I became him. People compare me to my father. I'm proud of that. I just had to do some living to see it."—Lawrence Newton, Washington, DC

"I'm not 'watching the kids' in my wife's absence, and I am not the stand-in parental unit. Being my boys' father entitles me to all of the benefits and responsibilities of the job, all of the time."—Jeff Sloan, Colorado

"I sat there in the dark, surrounded by the soothing sounds and smells of my baby's room, and I thought of how Dad must have felt when I was born. I knew at that moment that he never intended to hurt me. I realized that he loved me just as I loved my son."—Bryan McGuire, Illinois

"Pride in achievement. Joy in effort. Work as play. My father never attended college, but he knew these truths. He learned them on the basketball court, and he taught them to me."—Nick Capo, Illinois

"No one fills the shoes of a father. But the footprint that the man who fathered them left behind does not have to stay empty."—Michele Weldon, Illinois

". . . when I see all three of my kids laughing, when I think about how much less my life would have been if I'd settled for what I thought I'd wanted, I realize I don't much care about the sensible things I once did."—Claude Knobler, California

"We sat in silence for the nearly twenty-hour drive. He didn't say much, but he didn't have to. Without a speech, my father lived the lesson he was trying to teach me for so long. He really didn't ever give up—even on me."—M. C. Hackett, Ohio

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470876473
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 571,123
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dan Gediman is executive director of This I Believe, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that engages people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief have been featured on public radio since 2005. Gediman is coeditor of the New York Times best seller This I Believe, as well as This I Believe II and This I Believe: On Love.

John Gregory is editorial director and Mary Jo Gediman is outreach director of This I Believe, Inc.

To read more essays and submit your own, please visit www.thisibelieve.org.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Truth and the Santa Claus Moment (Corey Harbaugh).

The Last Harvest (Randi Perkins).

The Dads We Were Given (Kathy Wells McMenamin).

Forgiving My Dad (Bryan McGuire).

Appreciating the Moment (Jay Hasheider).

Whistling in the Light (T. A. Barron).

Lingering at the Doors (John Warley).

A Love Beyond Boundaries (Brian Schoeni).

Hunting Pennies (James Pfrehm).

A Mark in History (Rosita Choy).

Trimming (Amy Rowland).

A Father Is Born from Many Strangers (Michele Weldon).

The Cards Will Hear You (Eric Larson).

Finding a Different Way (Bob May).

Life Is Wonderfully Ridiculous (Claude Knobler).

Never Give Up (M. C. Hackett).

The Choice to Do It Over Again (Daniel Flanagan).

The Wonders of the Future (Scott Shackelford).

The Best Legacy I Can Leave (Doug Andrews).

To Be the Best Humans We Can Be (Tim Wilson).

Work Is a Blessing (Lieutenant General Russel Honoré).

Hands at Rest (John R. Corrigan).

The Myths of Manhood (Andrew Riutta).

Love with No Limits (Scott Zucker).

An Ordinary Adventure (David Lintvedt).

My Earthly Father (Margo Frazier).

The Give-and-Take of Grief (Michael Newland).

The Lawn Is Life (Greg Vessar).

The Bricks in the Wall Around My Heart (Judd Pillot).

The First Breath (Kaz Sussman).

Finding My Father in a Small World (Kate Debiec).

I Am Capable of More Than I Think I Am (Gregg Rogers).

Teacher (Nick Capo).

Five Dollars of Forgiveness (Daniel Plasman).

Nothing New Under the Sun (Lawrence Newton).

Respect Yourself (David Westwood).

Gardens and Their Power to Heal (Alison van Diggelen).

Embarrassing My Kids (Roger Mummert).

A Father's Lectures (Seth Chalmer).

Where the Soul of Man Never Dies (Tim Barnes).

Forgive the Rest (Julie Feeney).

His Difference Is His Strength (James Buchanan).

The Power of Fishing (Johnnie Barmore).

The Greatest Thing (Scott Koonce).

Big Thinking (Elizabeth Shen).

Transforming Fatherhood (Adam Kallish).

Keep the Tempo Steady (Claudette Sikora).

A Lesson from My Dad (Gregory Michael Arndt).

Living and Loving Life (Keith Wagner).

The Best Education in the World (Jeff Sloan).

What It Takes (Shelby Crowley).

With Brown Shoes to Match (Brian M. Wise).

Forever in Love (Greg Wees).

My Father, Christ (Whitney Alt).

Making Choices That Make Me Smile (Christopher Swiecki).

The Measure of a Man (Susan Cramer).

Little Acts of Goodness (Howard Miller).

Leaving Work to Gaze at Sunsets (Laurie Granieri).

A Stack of Rocks (Ron Woolley).

When Angels Miss (D. John Dyben).

Appendix: How to Write Your Own.

This I Believe Essay.

Acknowledgments.

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