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Ladyvol  (Level: 203.2 - Posts: 5441)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 9:12 AM


HAPPY FATHER'S DAY.....YOU ALL ARE THE GREATEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Donleigh  (Level: 146.2 - Posts: 4987)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 9:43 AM

Ditto from me.

Hi Dad.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 5:56 PM

I heard a story from our pastor this morning. I do not know the year or the name of the place...I'll just tell you what he said.

One year a Christian group working with male prisoners decided to make a way for those prisoners who wanted to participate to make cards for their mothers for Mother's Day.

They made arrangements with the warden and on the appointed day brought lots of materials for the prisoners to use. They actually ran out of materials before they were finished because there were so many prisoners wanting to make cards. On Mother's Day, when the prisoners visited with their moms, the cards were presented with love.

The group sponsoring the activity learned from this, and for Father's Day they brought many more materials for the prisoners to use so this time they wouldn't run out.

When the appointed time came for prisoners to come make their cards, NOBODY showed up. Not one prisoner came to make a Father's Day card. The workers were stunned - they had no idea what was going on.

Later, they ran a survey to find out what happened.

The prisoners who filled out the survey said mostly 2 things. 1 - they had no father involved in their life, maybe not even knowing who their father was; and 2 - if they DID have a father in the house, he was abusive, verbally or physically or both.

Point is - a loving father who is actively involved in the lives of his children is beyond measure of importance in those children's lives and the decisions they make.

So if you are a father here who is doing the good job of dad and don't know how important you are - take this to heart and know you are more important than you could ever know. And though you may not hear it in biblical terms - your children will rise up and be blessed and be a blessing to you. Just as you are and have been to them.

Smaug  (Level: 140.7 - Posts: 2772)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 7:20 PM

If my kids said that about me I'd throw them through a wall.

Roccotab  (Level: 60.3 - Posts: 185)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 7:33 PM

Thank you Vicki. I have spent most of the past couple of months in ER or the hospital due to blockage in my heart, and extreme panic attacks afraid I may be leaving this old world, but was fortunate enough to get released last evening and able to be here with Keagan today. I hope I have many more to spend with him, because I have no idea what would happen to him. Thank you again. Rocco

Salzypat  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 5296)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 7:55 PM

Jank, your story proves an excellent point. I live next door to a home for boys, run by the Salvation Army. The boys range in age from about 11 to 18. Most of the time I don't know the boys' names or anything about them, but sometimes the boys themselves will share some of their stories with me.

One boy, who was slightly mentally challenged, told me that when he was 7 or 8 he had stepped between his mother and the man she was living with, trying to protect his mother from the beatings. The man threw this little boy into the grill of the pickup he was driving. This boy will have to live the rest of his life suffering the effects of what happened to him.

Just this spring I was working in my office at home in a room that faces the back yard. A boy of about 14 or 15 came running around the corner of the neighbor's yard, ran up to the fence where I have my dogs, and jumped over the fence. Right behind him was a man running as hard as he could -- he didn't clear the fence quite as gracefully as the boy had. I had no idea if the boy had stolen something and someone was chasing him, or if the man was a police officer. By the time I got to the front door the boy had cleared the front fence and was headed to the boys' home. The man was walking by now because he wasn't in the best of shape. I asked him what was going on and he gave me a real smart-alec answer. I called the boys' home and the person in charge said it was one of their boys and the man was the boy's dad, intent on causing trouble, and the police had been called.

I'll not forget the look of fear on the boy's face as he turned to look back to see if his dad was gaining on him. A child should never have to fear his or her father so much that he has to run for his life from him.

One of the best gifts you can give your children is to set a good example. It will make life easier for them and a joy for you as they mature into decent and productive citizens.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 194.5 - Posts: 1302)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 9:29 PM

Wow! JJ and Pat, those are amazing stories. Just when you think you don't take anything in your life for granted....

I was lucky enough to have a great dad and later on, a great step-dad. Not only were they important in my life, but also in my daughter's. Sadly, I lost them both, but they are still important to me.

Thanks, ladies, for an eye-opener.

Happy Father's Day, all you great dads!

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 10:14 PM

Having never had a father - I was unaware
until fairly recently of the importance
of a good father in a child's life....

That's a wonderful message JANK and just
highlights what can happen to BOY children
without guidance and a good example for them.
And to GIRL children who have no loving and
protective father as they are growing up.

Well said Jank and Pat....

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 11:33 PM

Father's Day - I bought "Scott" a patio set, umbrella & stand, and solar lights for the umbrella. Our weimaraner, Pepper, had a stroke last month and had to be put down. Scott has been really sad. His real Father's Day present was that I called him at work on Friday and told him to come home, there were two weimaraner puppies that needed rescued and they were all ours. We had been waiting a couple of days to hear if it was a go and we got the call Friday afternoon. So today we spent all day out in the boat, fishing on the lake. It was a beautiful day, we introduced the new dogs to the joys of boating, caught a few fish, enjoyed the sunshine, the kids, and each other.

And that gd patio set is still sitting there in the boxes.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 15th Jun '08 11:44 PM

Lodi - I'm so jealous I can hardly stand it! My boat sits at the ranch with a big ole hole in the bottom. And there's hardly enough water here to drink, much less boat. I tell you, the entire Texas panhandle is going to have to pack up and move to the southeast someday. Poor Iowa. We need a direct pipeline from there to here.

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4147)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 12:02 AM

I'm very sorry about your dog, Pepper, but I'm very happy to hear about the two new doggie additions to your family. What are their names?

Also, boating on a lake sounds really nice and relaxing. Sounds like a great day.

-- Geri

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 8:37 AM

Hi Geri. Thanks for your kind words. The dogs came to us as, Aragorn & Frodo . They are no Toby & JoJo. I didn't get to have any part in naming them. I'll consider that another Father's Day gift for Scott.

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 8:37 AM

now, not no. too early for me to type.

Papajensai  (Level: 190.5 - Posts: 1025)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 10:58 AM

Lodi--Scott got great FD gifts.

I had to work day shift all weekend, but my younger daughter and son-in-law and 6 month old granddaughter came on Saturday, brought big thick porterhouse steaks, and waited till I got home so I could grill them for supper, because I'm "the best steak griller there is". I got some cards and other stuff, but I know what my real FD presents were. Oh, I got a cool black teeshirt with a big red chili pepper on it and the words "One Hot Papa" which I like a lot, too.

Tuzilla  (Level: 131.2 - Posts: 3769)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 11:19 AM

Thanks, Vickie.

I hope all of you other dads had a great day, too. I grilled some brats (their names were Courtney, Ronnie and Kevin, and they lived down the street). Nah, I fixed up bratwursts and half of a King Salmon. I fixed the salmon with my special crossbred of American and Asian preparation, and it was wunnerful, wunnerful.

Papajensai  (Level: 190.5 - Posts: 1025)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 11:35 AM

I didn't get this one, but I liked the card I saw the other day with a picture of Chris Rock saying

"Nobody ever says 'Hey Daddy, thanks for knockin' out this rent. I sure love this hot water. It's easy to read with all this light.' "

I don't remember what was on the inside. I think I saw him say this in a routine one time, cause I could hear him in my head saying those lines when I saw the card.

One I did get said "Hi Grandpa! You're always doing nice things for me. I got you this card because I wanted to do something nice for you. Okay, now it's your turn again."

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 3:39 PM

I once sent an ex-boyfriend a birthday card that said "Don't be Afraid on your Birthday." and on the inside it said "Because dogs can smell fear and you'll be stuck with out a date."

I know.

Dyenamite  (Level: 49.6 - Posts: 669)
Mon, 16th Jun '08 11:05 PM

Very nice messages On behalf of the other fathers here, thank you for the inspirational words. Right now, as lots of you know, I am trying my best to make sure Jacey has that good, strong influence from me in her life. The museum was great yesterday, by the way. As I said before ... the simple things in life ARE often the best and sometimes its too easily forgotten.

Great to hear you are out and doing better Rocco!

Thanks ladies
xo World's Greatest Dad (One of)

Surreyman  (Level: 257.4 - Posts: 2766)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 4:17 AM

Well, I had the ultimate accolade.
One of my adult sons bought, for a joke, a child's card-making kit.
This included the letters B E S T D A D to stick on the front.
He seemed to get it wrong somewhere.
I got DE BAST'D!

Kaufman  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 8:21 AM

I'm still waiting for the tribute to those among us who for whatever reason have not procreated. Never mind Darwin, we must be good for something, no?

Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 8:32 AM

Hair holding?

Salzypat  (Level: 154.6 - Posts: 5296)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 9:41 AM

Kaufman, you may be influencing some young person's life as you shop, work in your yard, drive down the street. You don't have to be a dad biologically to be a role model for others and to help look out for others, especially youngsters. That's part of what a "dad" does.

I'm guessing there might be some nieces or nephews or neighbor kids who you have "been there" for them when they needed a sympathetic ear, a word of encouragement, or someone to give them a few words of wisdom.

Don't sell yourself short just because there isn't a special day to send you cards and ugly ties.

Kaufman  (Level: 254.2 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 9:51 AM

I'll just have to make it on my beautiful ties, eh?

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 11:33 AM

Great Dog Owner Day should catch ya up.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Tue, 17th Jun '08 1:08 PM

So sorry about your dog, Pepper.
It's so hard when they die - an
enormous gap in our lives....
It's one of the burdens we sign
on for when we get a puppy, just
knowing they will die before us.
I just adopted a 2 year old Golden,
and when she is 13....I will getting
ready for the Nursing Home!!!!

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