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Literary Dads

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Father’s Day is right around the corner. And in celebration of this national day honoring dad, let’s look at a few historic literary fathers and the important roles they play in defining ‘dad’ for all of us.

Atticus Finch

In American literature, its almost impossible to talk about fathers without acknowledging Atticus, the father in Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird. In a novel centered on the roles society imposes on individuals, Atticus teaches his children to be themselves, and to recognize the importance of making their own choices. Atticus Finch has been a quintessential role model in American literature since the first printing, and his character remains an everlasting example of the ideals a father can strive for.

Arthur Weasley

JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series has no lack of interesting and exciting characters. Arthur Weasley, the father of the Weasley brood, is perhaps not the most memorable of the bunch. Still, he presents a soft spoken but wise, heroic if not boisterous, and completely unflappable father figure. During the lighter moments, Arthur is a fun loving and jovial man, and when things get serious, he sets an example for his children (and Harry of course) to be strong in their convictions and willing to stand up for what they perceive as right.

Bob Cratchit

Bob Cratchit does not have an easy life. As the long suffering clerk for Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, Bob endures his bosses scorn and mood swings with endless optimism. His attitude, always positive, always looking for a bright side, keeps him from succumbing to Scrooge’s misanthropy. And, as we all know, the tale ends with Scrooge realizing the error of his ways, vindicating Bob’s outlook. As an example for his family, Bob Cratchit represents the idealist, the father who unceasingly encourages and promotes. His kindly attitude leads to an incredible bond with his children, in particular Tiny Tim, and demonstrates how a father can be a positive influence despite circumstances.

Mr. Bennet

The father of five daughter’s in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bennet endures his challenging wife with a reclusive and somewhat distant attitude. But what sets him apart is his love and affection for his daughters. Most notably, putting circumstantial needs and desires behind their happiness. He never allows his own wants to come before theirs, and he continually guides and encourages his daughters to strive for what they want in life. Mr. Bennet is both protector and cheerleader for his children.

Calvin’s Dad

The father from the the popular Calvin and Hobbes comic strip penned by Bill Watterson, Calvin’s Dad is the epitome of patience. This father figure provides some sarcastic humor in his interactions with his son, but on the whole he endures Calvin’s antics and imagination by both encouraging his son and giving him the room he needs to explore for himself. Calvin’s Dad is never phased by Calvin’s many questions or sometimes incredible adventures. Despite numerous moments when patience can be seen to stretch thin, Calvin’s Dad remains a perfect example of how a father can support and encourage their children despite the many challenges parenting presents.

All of these fathers serve as examples, as role models for their children and other characters in their stories. Father’s day is an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the role fathers play in shaping us, and providing lessons by which we can grow. This father’s day, take a minute to thank all the dads (both real and fictional) for being a part of your story.


DIY Father's Day Gifts

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Father's DayIf you’re anything like me, you think the world of your Dad. He is your teacher, your hero and your best friend. I’ve always struggled with finding just the right gift for him – usually just settling for a neat tool that he’s mentioned in passing or the latest tech gadget.

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Generations of Baseball

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By Rob Katz

There are always a few topics that are unique to each family and how they communicate with each other that invariably gets brought up at every birthday, holiday or family picnic.  For my family, one of those subjects has always been baseball.  My brothers and I played the game growing up, we watched it and maybe most memorably we debated it with my dad and grandfather for hours with no less fervor in the off-season than if it were at the all-star break in June.

Maybe it’s because Father’s Day is right around the corner, and now have two sons of my own. Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading Lulu author Dan Migala’s new book, “Dugout Wisdom”. Whatever the reason, I keep coming back to the fact that playing and talking about baseball has always been an important part of my family.
Dugout Wisdom
Baseball has been called a “thinking man’s game” – a phrase probably coined by someone who over-analyzed their team’s roster, off-season trades and managerial moves – like my grandfather.  Growing up in NY, he became a Mets fan because he a) favored  the National League better, b) the Giants and Dodgers left NY and moved West and c) he hated the Yankees.  He also grew up watching the game before relief pitching became a specialty and double switches were more commonplace in late innings.  He disliked the changes, yelled at the TV and swore that the guy making the moves, Mets manager Davey Johnson, was destined to be a “second place manager for life” because of his game management.  The year was 1986 and the Mets won the World Series.  My grandfather loved every minute of it (although not once did he credit Johnson).  My grandfather passed away in 1991 and to this day, if I hear Davey Johnson’s name, I find myself thinking of my grandfather with a little chuckle.

Baseball is a game that has been a cross-generational bond over the years. With my boys, I have tried to pass on the family tradition.  Luckily, my wife likes  the game as well (and her dad and brother are now in the “debates”), so our annual tradition of skipping work and school when we lived in South Florida to watch the Marlins on Opening Day wasn’t just approved, it was expected.

This idea of talking about and playing baseball being something that families can share is one of the reasons I love “Dugout Wisdom”. Not only can you share stories and life lessons from some of the game’s greats like Ryne Sandberg, Whitey Ford, Mike Schmidt, Nolan Ryan, but with you can also add a personal message to the cover to give “Dad” a special Father’s Day gift he will remember. I know I’ll be ordering two myself. Thanks Dan and happy early Father’s Day to all.

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