What Makes a Dad



The sweet image you see above is from Herman Turnip, author of Terrible Analogies.

This is a photograph of he and his son Tyler, hanging out together; watching TV.

When I saw this photo posted on Hermans' blog, I felt like it totally epitomized the essence of a fathers' love. So, I asked him if I could share it on my Father’s Day post, and he graciously consented.

Thank you, Herman!

For me, there is nothing more touching than seeing a father with child. It is a beautiful combination of strength and gentleness.

Whenever I think of a fathers' love, I see a male lion with both his strong protective instinct, and his ability to also be tender and caring.



Here is a poem I found on the Internet, that truly defines what makes a dad.


What Makes A Dad

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,

The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,

The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,

Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad

~Author unknown ~


I know it’s a bit early, but I would like to take this time to wish all you wonderful men out there, a Happy Father’s Day.


Please know that you are loved and appreciated, and that you make a powerful imprint on the hearts and lives of your children.


I would like to close this post by sharing a TV commercial I found on You Tube, that made me laugh my ass off. Notice the subtle expressions on the father and sons’ face - they’re priceless.


*please turn your speaker volume up.







HAPPY FATHER’S DAY, GUYS!








Note: Since I will be working additional hours this week, I’ve decided to take the week off from blogging. I look forward to seeing everyone next Monday. Have a great week, peeps….X

46 comments

  1. Thanks my friend.

    Being a dad is the greatest gift and biggest challenge all rolled up into one.

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  2. What a lovely post Ron. I wrote a blog for my father titled "Unforgettable"...I hope when you have time you will be able to read it. My dad is one of the most important men in my life and I believe it is because of him I can relate to other men so well. You are right... there is nothing like a father's love. They give strength and protection to a child and somehow always make you feel like nothing bad could ever happen to you.
    I will miss your blog all week but I know what it is like to be busy. By the way..do you watch "True Blood." I think you would love it if you don't. Anyhow..have a fabu week and I will catch you next week. Enjoy!!!

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  3. will miss you ron. thanks for sharing this. anybody can be a father, but not all fathers can be a daddy. have to work at earning that title.

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  4. LOL wind strikes at the most inopportune times!

    I love the poem Ron, it is so true.

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  5. I've only recently re... discovered my Dad! He is such a great person. A lot like me. Simple, gentle and humble. Patient and sportive as well. Talking to him is different from chatting with Mom, but it is so precious.

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  6. Oh Ron, this is beautiful. The poem is spot on, absolutely beautiful. YEah, I laughed my butt off at the commercial...it reminded me of my husband and the dog. The dog rips one, sniffs her rear and gets up and moves across the room! Sometimes, she looks at hubby like she thinks he did it and moves!

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  7. Good Morning Jeff!

    You're sooooo welcome, my friend!

    "Being a dad is the greatest gift and biggest challenge all rolled up into one."

    Even though I'm not a father, something tells me that you are soooo right. I imagine the challenge is that "delicate balance" between telling your child what to do, and allowing them to discover for themselves.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Jeff!

    Always great too see ya!

    Have a super week! Happy Father's Day....X

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  8. Goooood Morning Susie!

    Yes, absolutely! I have you on my reader, so I will definitely read your Father's Day post. Just the title alone sounds beautiful!! Reminds me of the duet between Nat King Cole and Natalie - LOVE that song!

    "My dad is one of the most important men in my life and I believe it is because of him I can relate to other men so well."

    Sooooo right you are, dear lady! I've always said that the relationship between a father and child, and mother and child, prepare the child how well they relate to that gender.

    YES!!! I love True Blood! I don't have cable TV, so I rent the series on DVD. I have such an attraction for anything "vampire." OMG, the show is also VERY sexy, isn't it???? Woo! Woo!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by today, Susie!

    I always enjoy sharing with you!

    Have grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat week and I'll see ya on Monday!

    X

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  9. Ok the post had me in tears because it was so sweet. The commercial had me in tears from laughter. SOOOO....you tear me up one side and down the other! Thanks my dear friend. Have a wonderful week off but we will miss you!!!

    I'm off to the beach for a couple of days.. spur of the moment. Love those kinds of trips!

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  10. Gooood Morning Val!

    "anybody can be a father, but not all fathers can be a daddy. have to work at earning that title."

    You said it, girl!

    I'll miss ya too, but look forward to seeing ya'll again on Monday!

    Have a SUPER DUPER week, Val

    And thanks for stopping by.....X

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  11. Good Morning Akelamalu!

    "wind strikes at the most inopportune times!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA....doesn't it?

    Isn't this commercial hysterical?? Everytime I watch it, I laugh like I'm seeing it for the first time!

    So glad you enjoyed the poem. The minute I saw it, I thought the same thing.

    Thank you for stopping by, m'dear!

    Have a beautiful week.......X

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  12. Bonjour Susu!

    Ooooooh...I am so happy to hear about you rediscovering your father!! How faaaaabulous!!!! He sounds like a wonderful person - like YOU!

    Yes, there is a difference in how we talk/relate to each one of our parents, it was the same for me.

    Thanks so much for stopping by today, Susu!

    Always a DELIGHT!!!!

    Have a wonderful week. I'll see ya next Monday....X

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  13. Gooooood Morning Suziecate!

    "The dog rips one, sniffs her rear and gets up and moves across the room! Sometimes, she looks at hubby like she thinks he did it and moves!"

    Bwhahahahahahahahahahaaha....OMG, that made me HOWL! HYSTERICAL and CUTE!!!

    Yes, isn't the poem lovely? Glad you enjoyed. I found it online a few days ago and it really touched me.

    As always, it's so FABU to see you, dear lady!

    Thank you for stopping by!

    Have wonderful week and I'll see ya on Monday!

    X

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  14. Helloooooooooooo Peg!

    Tee, hee!!!!

    Isn't the commerical a HOOT?

    Or rather....a TOOT?

    Bwhahahahhahahahahahahahaaha!

    LOVE the facial expressions on the father and son!

    Ooooooo, listen.....have a VUNDERBAR time on your spur of the moment beach trip. Yes...I love those kinds of trips too! You never know what great experiences can happen when you do things spontaneously.

    Thank you for stopping by, my friend!

    I'll miss ya too, but look forward to seeing you on Monday!

    Have a great week.....X

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  15. Sweet Post Ron (especially the last commercial. HA!). Happy Father's Day to all your readers. don't work too hard. See ya later :)
    Katherine

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  16. Herman and Tyler are adorable together
    and the commercial is priceless

    love is taking responsibility for someone else's farts

    great post

    Hope sends hugs

    don't work too hard

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  17. Good afternoon, Katherine!

    Isn't the commercial priceless? I think may be a European commercial, I'm not sure.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and for wishing all the dad's here a Happy Father's Day. You're such a sweet lady.

    Always so wonderful seeing you!

    Have a MARVI week and I'll see ya next Monday!

    X

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  18. Howdy Lady Dianne!

    "love is taking responsibility for someone else's farts."

    Bwhahahahahahahahaha...Oh, I LOVE YOU, WOMAN!!!!

    (((( Dianne )))))

    Isn't that the funniest commercial?

    And isn't the photo of Herman and Tyler adorable? I'm so grateful Herman allowed me to share it.

    Thank you for dropping by today, dear lady!

    I've got a HUGE work schedule this week. Starting tomorrow I work straight through for the next 6 days. Grateful for the hours, though.

    X and HUGS to both you and Hope!

    See ya next Monday!

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  19. ...Ron, you are the bee's knees! lol...

    ...That video is priceless thru and thru! Thanks for sharing too... :o)

    ...Enjoy your week and blessings too... :o)

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  20. Helloooooo TJ!

    And you are the cats meow!

    ((( TJ )))

    So glad your enjoyed the video, dear lady! Last night when I watched it again after publishing this post, I plugged my headphones into my computer and listened to those little "toots" REAL loud and LAUGHED, LAUGHED, LAUGHED!

    Always such a happy moment to see your comment, TJ!

    Thank you for stopping by. I'll see ya next Monday!

    X

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  21. Aw! What a beautiful poem. I love my daddy.

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  22. Ya know, I watch the other other boy with the bug and I'm so grateful she was graced with him for a dad. He loved the dickens outta that little girl--and the poem, epitomizes it well.

    Herman and his wee one remind me of the bug and the other other boy. It's just love, yaknow?

    I grew up with my father doing the parenting. Dad's Day was a huge deal cuz he was single parenting it best he could. He musta done okay--I turned out not so bad. LOL

    Happy Dad's day to you, sir. I 'parent' a lot of people, as I'm sure you do, whether you 'fathered' them or not.

    (((((((((((( Ron ))))))))))))))

    Don't work too hard, eh? ;-)

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  23. Hellooooooooooo Meleah!!

    OMG...it's sooooo great to see ya!

    Glad you enjoyed the poem.

    Just from seeing the photos of you and your family on your blog, I can TELL that you love your daddy! Infact, you're whole fabbbulous Italian family!

    Thanks for stopping by, my Libra friend!

    Have a wonderful week. I'll see ya next Monday!

    X

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  24. Goooood Evening Mel!

    "Herman and his wee one remind me of the bug and the other other boy. It's just love, ya know?"

    You said it, dear lady!

    Isn't that photo precious?

    So glad to hear the boy loves the dickens out of the bug. I mean, who could help but fall in love that cute little bug?

    ((( Cutie Bug )))

    "Day was a huge deal cuz he was single parenting it best he could. He musta done okay--I turned out not so bad."

    Are you kiddin'???

    You turned out a GEM!

    I really have so much respect and admiration for single parents, because I know it cannot be easy. After my mother passed away, my father did the same for two years. God love him!

    Thank you sooooooo much for stopping by, dear lady!

    And thank you for the Happy Father's Day wish!

    Have a wonderful week, and I'll see ya next Monday!

    (((( Mel ))))
    X

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  25. OK, that video cracked me up beyond all reason, BUT!.... is that an American commercial? Cause it was almost TOO funny and cool to be from the U.S. On the other hand, it was a bunch of farting, so it TOTALLY could be from our beloved country, the land of the free, home of the brave, etc. etc. etc...

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  26. Hellooooo Nanny Goat!

    How are ya, dear lady???

    It's sooooooooooo great to see you!

    Isn't the commercial a HOOT?

    I'm not exactly sure, but I think it must be a European commercial, and for the same reason you shared....

    ..."Cause it was almost TOO funny and cool to be from the U.S."

    "On the other hand, it was a bunch of farting, so it TOTALLY could be from our beloved country, the land of the free, home of the brave, etc."

    Bwhahahahahahahaha.....you are soooo right!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, you wild and crazy woman!

    You always make me laugh!!!

    Have a great week. I'll see ya next Monday!

    X

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  27. I'm going to agree with Jeff: "Being a dad is the greatest gift and biggest challenge all rolled up into one"

    You gotta Love the challenge though.

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  28. Howdy Jimmy!

    And like Jeff, I know you're an AWESOME dad!!!

    HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, my friend!

    Thank you for stopping by!

    Have a grrrrrreat week, and I'll see ya next Monday!

    X

    P.S. Tell Cindy I said Hi!

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  29. I love that commercial! The British make some of the best ads. One of the things I miss about living there and watching television. Thanks also for sharing that great photo from Herman's site. I too visit his site and will have to pop over there.

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  30. Good Morning Jen!

    Isn't the commercial the BEST??

    And thank you for confirming that it's a British ad, because I had a feeling it was made in Europe.

    I was so glad when Herman allowed me to use the photo. It's the perfect Father's Day image. Cool guy he is.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Jen!

    Hope you're having a super week!

    I'll see ya next Monday

    X

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  31. Ron,
    As I sit here crying all over my keyboard, I want to express my gratitude for the post you have placed here. Being a father is the single most euphoric event in my life. Having raised 5 boys and seeing the children that have grown into men and fathers themselves gives rise to meaning of eternity. I have been blessed. Two boys are of my blood line and three are step sons. They all have a special place in my existence. My oldest son who has gone on another journey on the other side was my teacher my mentor my spirit guide. He taught me that we are spiritual beings having a human experience.
    My second boy, is now a father himself and he is learning what it takes to raise an individual in this place we call Earth. He has the patience and the humor and the love to succeed in life.
    The third man is now part of the business world and lives a life full of order and completeness. He continues to give of himself and ask nothing in return.
    The fourth guy is in California pursuing an acting career. He has talent and he loveS to have fun. He is creative and does his own thing.
    The youngest is in the Coast Guard. He is very intelligent and can solve most of life's problems as they arise. He is married and has taken over the role of provider in a very respectful and loving way.

    I am truly a blessed man.

    Ron, Thank you for your post and giving me the outlet to my kids lives for the world to read.

    To all the dad's out there

    HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

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  32. Goooood Morning Dave!

    I was sooooo hoping you would stop by to read this post, because I was especially thinking of YOU when I put this together.

    Whenever I hear you speak of your eldest son, I get very teary-eyed. I can tell through the energy of your words, how "special" a soul he was/is. I can feel your strong bond in my heart.

    Oh wow...I had no idea you raised 5 boys!!! Each one of them sounds so wonderful and unique. I also didn't realize you had a son who is pursuing an acting career - how COOL!! You and your wife must be so proud of them, and they of you!

    Thank you SO MUCH for sharing on this post, my friend!

    You've added the "true essence" of a fathers' love!

    Bless you, Dave!

    Happy Father's Day!

    X

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  33. Very nice Ron, very nice!

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  34. Hey Funny Girl!

    Glad you enjoyed!

    OMG...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new avatar photo!!! It's priceless!

    Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

    See ya, Monday.....X

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  35. I bow before your greatness. Not only were your words touching, they brought a smile to my wife's face. I think she wants to send you a cake and some beer (she's funny that way). You are "the man", Ron :-)

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  36. Very touching poem. Makes one wonder if there are actually many dads.

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  37. Hellooooooooo Herman!

    Soooooo great to see ya, my friend!

    My words were touching, ONLY because of being truly inspired by your photo. And I mean that!

    I'm so happy your wife smiled. Please tell her I said THANK YOU for cake and beer! Perhaps one day if you, your wife, and child are ever in Philly or me in Calf., we can get together for dinner, and a beer or wine.

    Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for your kind words.

    It was my pleasure!

    Hope you're having a great week! I'll see ya on Monday!

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  38. Greetings Olumide!

    Welcome...thank you for stopping by and sharing a comment. Nice to meet you.

    Isn't the poem touching?

    I know quite a few men who I feel are incredible dads.

    Hope you had a super day.

    Please stop by anytime!

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  39. A couple of my best posts were about memories I had with my dad, a hard-working man who always knew the little things were important to me. (And still does).

    Love that video. A man in training, for sure.

    Have a good week, Ron buddy!

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  40. Gooood Morning Kathy!

    "Memeories I had with my dad, a hard-working man who always knew the little things were important to me. (And still does)."

    Awww....what a SUPER dad!!!

    There are so few people who TRULY understand about the "little things" meaning the most and leaving the most lasting impression.

    So, Brava to your dad!

    Isn't the commerical STELLAR?

    "A man in training"

    I LOVE THAT!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor! Always a delight seeing ya!

    Hope you're having a faaaaaaaab week!

    See ya on Monday.....X

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  41. A beautiful post, Ron. I love that commercial.

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  42. Good Morning Nitebyrd!

    So glad you enjoyed!

    Ain't the commercial a GEM???

    Toot! Toot!

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis!

    Hope you're having a super week!

    X

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  43. Looks like you've been fairly busy this week. No more updates since Monday? Ah well, looking forward to Father's Day, i suppose. Nice article.

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  44. Good Evening CherylT!

    Yup...being in retail, this time of the year is insanly busy for me working additional hours, so I decided to take the week off from blogging. I'm soooooo looking forward to catching up with everyone on Monday.

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Hope you're having a super week!

    X

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  45. OMG! That commercial is PRICELESS!!! Soooo cute!!! I hope all went well with at work-- now that it's all over.. hehehe... I'm a bit late in commenting on this poist!!
    Take care,
    Leese

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  46. Bonjour Leesa!

    Isn't the commercial PRICELESS???? I think it's a Europen commercial because I've never seen it played over here in the States.

    I'm so glad to have found it on You Tube!

    Thank you so much for stopping by, Leesa!

    Have a super-duper Monday!

    X

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