Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Fathers

Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Fathers

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Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul: 101 Stories to Open the Hearts and Rekindle the Spirits of Fathers by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jeff Aubery, Mark Donnelly

New dads, granddads, single dads and dads-to-be - this book offers them all an entertaining and inspiring collection of stories on the triumphs and trials of the amazing journey called fatherhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781558748941
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/03/2001
Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul Series
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling coauthors of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Jeff Aubery is the coauthor of Golfer's Soul, and a father of two.

Mark and Chrissy Donnelly are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestselling Couple's Soul, Golfer's Soul and Sports Fan's Soul.

Mark and Chrissy Donnelly are the coauthors of the #1 New York Times bestselling Couple's Soul, Golfer's Soul and Sports Fan's Soul.

Hometown:

Santa Barbara, California

Date of Birth:

August 19, 1944

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas

Education:

B.A. in History, Harvard University, 1966; M.A.T. Program, University of Chicago, 1968; M.Ed., U. of Massachusetts, 1973

Read an Excerpt

Holding Hands

The best thing to hold on to is each other.


Anonymous


I was sleeping late. I had just published the first issue of my local newspaper,
Atlanta 30306
, and was recovering from three all-nighters earlier in the month.
The phone rang.

The call was from either a brother or a sister. I don't remember which now. My dad had been walking down the hallway at the Northside YMCA on Roswell Road, going to his daily swimming aerobics class, when he had a massive stroke.

I drove quickly to Piedmont Hospital and ran into the emergency room. I thought about how Dad had cared for me there through broken bones, an appendectomy and so on. Now, I was going to see him.

I found him in a room, unconscious. It was so quiet. I just stood by his side,
helplessly. A nurse I hadn't seen standing in the corner told me I could touch him.

Touch him? I thought. How? I looked at his hands. I remembered grasping them in handshakes for years. I remembered how later, after our family discovered affection, hugging him, and even in recent years, kissing him. But I had no memory of ever just holding his hand, as a child might grab a parent's hand to cross the street.

I placed his hand in mine and just held it. It felt so large; bony, yet soft. Why have I never done this before? I thought. Was it my insecurities or his?
Perhaps both. It was the last time I touched my father. He never regained consciousness and died later that evening.

I revisit that image often and have drawn much comfort from remembering that simple act of holding hands with my dad during the last hours of his life. A seemingly small gesture, but one that allows two people to connect so quickly,
so closely.

My own eleven-year-old son knows this and is, thankfully, not bound by the inhibitions of earlier generations. One time, after my dad's death, I was walking in a mall with him and his cousin of the same age. His cousin asked him why he was holding my hand. He said nothing, but quickly released my grasp. That was it, I thought. The defining moment. Even though I had felt a little self-conscious holding his hand there in the mall, I knew I would miss his touch more than he would ever know. Yet, a few weeks later during another weekend together, he quietly slipped his hand in mine. I felt connected again.

This summer in Paris, we walked along the Seine as I led him and his thirteen-year-old sister to cathedrals and museums. He grabbed my hand, and we walked together for several blocks. My daughter, who had stopped holding my hand at age nine or ten, sped up and looked over at the clasp. I knew she was going to say something as only a sister, much too cool for such a display, would. Then she caught my eye and my smile. Uncharacteristically, she retreated and said nothing.

And so we continued along the riverbank, a family of three, she comfortable in her detachment, my son content with his innate instinct to connect with others, and me, somewhere in between.

Sometimes,
we have a choice of when to let go. Sometimes, we don't.


Chris Schroder




¬1996,
1998 Chris Schroder. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Chicken Soup for the Father's Soul, by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jeff Aubery, Mark Donnelly,
Chrissy Donnelly; ¬ 2001.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxv
Share with Usxvii
1.Fatherhood
A Moment Can Last Forever2
Wake-Up Call5
Warning: An American Teenager Is Loose in Europe9
How I Got into the Movies12
The Smell of Grass16
Rapid Rites of Passage18
Benched23
Mollie's Moment26
The Tooth30
The Red Chevy32
My Secret Valentine36
My First Fish Story38
Play It as It Lays40
2.Sports, Vacations and other Adventures
Finding My Way with Jesse44
He's Your Fish, Son49
Father at Sea54
Becoming a Jock Dad58
That's My Boy!62
Softball People66
Hunters' Bond72
The Family Ski Trip78
The Last Rainbow83
Final Season87
3.Rites of Passage
No More Sunday Matinees94
The Important Test98
Daddy Loves His Car102
Fathers Are Good at Telling Tall Tales108
Nerd Day111
Another Milestone112
The Bank of Dad114
Last Words116
Taking Care of Things119
You Can Share My Daddy126
Little Boxes of Chocolates128
Don't Let Go, Dad!131
Daddy's Little Girl134
Grandpa Pinch-Hits137
Catch and Release143
Now I Understand My Dad149
4.Balancing Work and Family
A Handful of Blackberries156
Family Picture162
A Father's Interpretation of 1 Corinthians 13166
Statistics168
Working from Home170
My Biggest Fan173
Where Am I Going So Fast?174
Employee of the Year177
You Can Do Anything179
Taking the Time181
5.Special Moments
Riding Tandem184
A Secret Promise Kept190
Longer, Daddy ... Longer194
What Any Father Would Do196
I'm Daddy's Girl198
The Walnut Tree200
A Different Perspective206
Golf Balls in Heaven208
The Confession211
The Stranger Who Became My Dad213
My Father's Day Card217
My Wife Is Having a Baby219
The Color of Love223
A Piece of Chalk227
Holding Hands230
More Than a Friend233
A Young Man's Odyssey235
6.Overcoming Obstacles
Perfection242
Nonstop246
Babies and Restaurants Are the Chernobyl of Parenting252
If You Love Me, Say That!256
Night Moves258
The Gag Gift260
For My Grandson264
When Life Throws a Hardball266
A Year of Firsts271
My Father, the Hero274
The Lovesick Father278
My Father's Fishing Partner282
Hello ... Good-Bye, Daddy289
The Most Precious Gift293
A Favorite Recollection296
The Turtle299
Down Suicide Hill303
7.A Father's Wisdom
A New Perspective308
Uncle Bun309
Once the Son, Now the Father311
Dad, I Have a Beach Ball316
Pass It On319
A War Story324
My Forever Valentine326
Dad's Squirrel329
My Father, My Son, My Self333
Thank You, Dad339
More Chicken Soup?343
Supporting Children and Families344
Who Is Jack Canfield?345
Who Is Mark Victor Hansen?346
Who Is Jeff Aubery?347
Who Are Mark and Chrissy Donnelly?348
Contributors349
Permissions361

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