Be a Dad

It never occurred to me to put a wish for a Daddy on my Christmas list when I was little.

I already had one of those; a big, boisterous, Daddy who shared a bed with my mother, went to work, came home and would have flat-out killed anyone who tried to hurt me.

Evidently, there are a lot of kids who wish they had something like that. According to an article from the Telegraph, British children’s number ten wish on their list to Santa was for “a Dad.”

This is the time for New Year’s resolutions. My suggestion for the men out there is that if you have children, resolve to be “a Dad” to them.

The Telegraph article reads in part:

When it comes to Christmas, it might be safe to assume children will ask Santa for an extensive list of toys, games and treats.

But a survey of their typical lists for Father Christmas has shown many have more serious concerns, requesting “a dad” instead.

A study of 2,000 British parents found most children will put a new baby brother or sister at the top of their Christmas list, closely followed by a request for a real-life reindeer.

A “pet horse” was the third most popular choice, with a “car” making a bizarre entry at number four.

Despite their material requests, the tenth most popular Christmas wish on the list was a “Dad”. (Read more here.)

  • Karyl

    My dad was a strong armed dairy farmer. He was gentle in spirit. There was no doubt that he would protect me if the need arose. He protected my spirit as well. Maybe that is what those chldren are really wanting but don’t know how to express it.
    I tutored a little fourth grade boy who was illegitimate, but his father was heavily involved in the child’s life. I got to know the father because he picked the child up from class every other week. I was not shy about telling the dad how proud I was of him for supplying a man for his son. He told me once, “Well, lust fathered Damien biologically; the least I can do is help him learn to play basketball, swim, and tell the truth.” At least every other weekend there was positive counter action in Damien’s life. Perhaps when Damien is old enough to make the choice, he will choose to live with the father. I hope so.

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  • Ted Seeber

    The Hippies did everything they could to insure that my generation would not have a tradition of fatherhood left. What the slavers took away from Fredrick Douglas by force, they took away by peer pressure and divorce.

    The sexual revolution was the biggest mistake America ever made. Bigger than the invasion of Iraq. Bigger than Vietnam. Bigger than the civil war.

    And the result will be the fall of the government and the replacement with something even worse.