The story of a remarkable man Posted by: McQ
on Monday, June 11, 2007
This is one of the things I love about blogging. Reading about the lives of remarkable and interesting people of whom you'd never hear but for the blogger who highlights them.
In this case it is a beautiful tribute by Cardinal Park (at Tigerhawk) to his father who just passed away.
One particular paragraph which really struck home with me and will most likely resonate with my brothers is this:
As a father, ours was a traditionalist. That meant he ruled the roost, and he was very tough, demanding and occasionally demeaning. As my brother said, our dinner table questioning was intended to promote learning and valued intelligence, but could occasionally make you feel pretty stupid. And that was okay. Scholarship, performance, achievement, contribution, production, responsibility and integrity were the values my dad drilled into us, every day. It was not always easy to be our dad's sons. But we absorbed the lessons. And as you grow older, you appreciate them more and more, and you understand the source of the lessons better and better. He was trying to teach us how to be good men because he loved us and wanted the best for us.
Amen. How well I remember exactly those sorts of sessions and how well they paid off for us as we grew older. And as well, as Cardinal Park says, the eventual understanding of why he did it - "because he loved us and wanted the best for us". The essence of fatherhood.