Happy Father’s Day 2014!
As a writing teacher, I teach my students that every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. I also teach that we can learn from all of our stories, so we should save them all- but we can always write new stories or change the ending if we don’t like how one of our stories has turned out.
My dad didn’t have a good childhood; as a child during the war in France, he saw things that no child should have to see. He was sent away to boarding school when he was twelve, and his parents divorced during a time when it was considered scandalous, but my dad persevered and got an excellent education.
My dad began a new story when he came to the United States at the age of 19. After his mother remarried, my dad followed in his stepfather’s footsteps, serving in the U.S. Army. The Frenchman who came to America and drove a U.S. Army tank before he drove a car of his own went on to become an American citizen, a family man, a loving dad and grandfather, and a success by the world’s standards. And while I wish the end of his story hadn’t come so soon, I am so grateful for the time we did have. I choose to remember the happy times, many of which were in the middle of the story, rather than the end- which came too soon.
Today I pray for all the fathers and grandfathers out there. We never know when the end will come, so all we can do is make the middle of our story the best it can be. And whenever necessary, begin again. God bless.