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with Steven Parker, MD

This blog is now retired. Dr. P passed away on Monday, April 13, 2009. The WebMD Community will dearly miss his kind, caring, and often humorous manner.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Father’s Day: Nice work, guys

Talk about an under-appreciated group of humans!
Happy Father’s Day to all you hard-working dads out there.
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Here are some of Dr. P’s favorite quotations about fathers:

Perhaps my fave:
“Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life. “
- Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

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“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. “
- Clarence Budington Kelland (American author)

“Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting him into that predicament. But a child does owe his father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of showing his son how best to crash through it. “
- Clarence Budington Kelland (American author)

“There are three stages of a man’s life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. “
- Author Unknown

“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”
- Mark Twain (“Old Times on the Mississippi” , 1874)

“If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right. “
- Bill Cosby

“It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing,
But there is a special place in heaven for the father
Who takes his daughter shopping. “
- John Sinor (American author)

Nice work, guys!

Posted by: Steven Parker MD at 11:37 am

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