“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~ Clarence B. Kelland

Showing the way        Photo Michelle Meiklejohn

There are millions of dads in this world. Some are great, and some are not. This one is very great.

There are dads who bring you along to every church and work function, just so he can say, “This is my daughter.”

There are dads who encourage you to shoot for the stars – even if “the stars” is just a middle school stage.

There are dads who attend every softball and volleyball game, just because you’re playing.

There are dads who give up their free time in the car to ask you Bible trivia questions, even when it’s late.

There are dads who drive you to school super-early and pick you up super-late, because he knows how important school is to you.

There are dads who play catch with you at the park across the street, even if you miss a few balls…or ten.

There are dads who hug you after you make a mistake, and say, “I’m just happy you’re safe.”

There are dads who let you make mistakes, because they know your life will be better that way.

There are dads who let you ask questions, even if they don’t know the answers.

There are dads who love their wives, and give you an almost impossible standard for your own love someday.

There are dads who are so kind, and wonderful, and better than you ever could ask for or imagine. I have one of those dads. I love you so much, Daddy. Mom has told me several times that I should try to find a man as wonderful as you. I don’t know if I can do it – you’ve set the bar pretty high – but I’ll certainly try my hardest.


I’m your Cinderella, and you’re my hero every day. I love you. So I will dance with Cinderella while she is here in my arms cause I know something the prince never knew. Oh, I will dance with Cinderella I don’t want to miss even one song ‘cause all too soon the clock will strike midnight and she’ll be gone – Steven Curtis Chapman


“A child that is taught and gifted with a talent is fortunate; next teaching a child to share it and teach it is remarkable” ~ Starts at Home

5 thoughts on ““My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” ~ Clarence B. Kelland

  1. My son just turned one and he’s aimzang.He just finished reading War Peace and now he’s already fluent in Spanish, French and Mandarin. But he’s not just an academic. He’s actively being scouted by the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, as a switch-hitting catcher and outside linebacker respectively. He’s also very into Superstring theory lately, but that’s probably just a phase.Hopefully he’ll perfect the complex equation he’s been working on that will single-handedly solve the financial crisis, but first he has to finish his dissertation which is an inquiry into the status, nature and extent of Nietzsche’s critique of Enlightenment.But in all seriousness He began walking at 9 months and he’s been fully mobile for the last 6 weeks.His smile lights up a room.He can say more and all done in sign language.He’s already problem solving (round ball in round hole/squares in square holes)He flirts with all the beautiful women

    1. Fraankito is a gooddad and his son is blessed; his encouragement is an inspiration to parents and is a reflection of the loving and nurturing parent found in the spirit of the father in Kelland’s article. Keep up your good work, we’re happy for you and God bless you and your son.

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