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               Friday, June 14 2002 

Father's Day

I mention my dad in my writing more than I would have expected. In general, my brothers and I have all expressed dissatisfaction about our paternal relationship. Dad was too stern, mean (though not violent), not generous in his time, his counsel, and especially any show of affection. Only when the chips were critically down did we see him caring. He wasn't present at any of my many triumphs on Blacklick Township's stage, nor did he attend either my or my brother Bob's weddings (I don't remember whether he was at Tom's wedding).

We were shocked when he broke down after Gary's accidental death, but as Tom says in a letter elsewhere on this site, we pretty much chalked that up to his having a closer relationship with Gary than we other three. I've mused that after seeming to ignore me for my first 13 years, at that age he suddenly invited me to go fishing with him and two work buddies, which we did frequently in the next two years. And based on the fact that not long after I decided to give up fishing when I attained the age when a license was required, he too quit going, he may have taken up fishing largely in the interest of the bit of a relationship with me that fostered. He and Gary had hunted rabbits and deer together, but I'd never wanted to hunt.

When I was well along in preparing for the ministry, he became friends—built around their hunting interest—with a man closer his oldest sons' ages, who was also active in the church Mom and I had been in. When I was in seminary, ostensibly through his new friend's prodding, Dad finally got baptized and started attending church himself...never overtly expressing a connection with my calling, though even at that time I wondered. Those two incidences—fishing and coming to the church—were my strongest but not quite overt expressions of caring and wanting to connect. Of course, as a writer and one who's had a couple of psychology courses and have read more books and have "done therapy," I can make up explanations, rationalizations, excuses. But there's no need.

What I started out as thinking was just the introduction has taken up the whole postcard, so I'll plan to get to my real intended point in Tuesday's entry. Meanwhile, look for a special Father's Day photo feature by Judy Rose on the Home Page beginning Saturday evening,

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

In-flight funnies (series)

In light of all the recent air security that's been put in place, crew members try to lighten the mood. Here are (allegedly) real examples of how they make the in-flight "safety lecture" and their other announcements a bit more entertaining.

Overheard on an American Airlines flight into Amarillo,Texas, on a particularly windy and bumpy day: During the final approach, the captain was really having to fight it. After an extremely hard landing, the flight attendant said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to Amarillo. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate."

Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect anding: "We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo
bounces us to the terminal.

— Sent by Trudy Myers

Thought for today

Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.

—Abigail Adams, 1780

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