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From the popular radio series This I Believe comes this touchingand thought-provoking compilation of original essays on one of themost fundamental of human relationshipsfatherhood. It is arelationship filled with joy and heartbreak, love and anger,lessons learned, and opportunities missed.
The stories in this collection are engaging and meaningful. Someare reverential and loving; some are sad and clouded by yearning,loss, and regret. You'll read reflections from expectant and newdads, full of optimism, as well as from longtime parents who,through the distance of time, are able to reflect on theirsuccesses and failures as fathers.
We also hear from children (some young and some well intoadulthood) writing about their fathers. They honestly and openlyintroduce us to the men who shaped them, sometimes in surprisingways. They talk about the fathers they want to emulate, themistakes they hope to avoid repeating, and the wisdom they realizedthey've gained.
This I Believe: On Fatherhood offers a compelling portrait ofthe diverse range of experiences and beliefs related to thefather-child relationship. With personal insights and inspiration,this collection makes a wonderful gift for longtime fathers, newfathers, and fathers-to-be.
Excerpts from This I Believe: On Fatherhood
"As much as I resisted it, in a way, I became him. Peoplecompare me to my father. I'm proud of that. I just had to do someliving to see it."Lawrence Newton, Washington, DC
"I'm not 'watching the kids' in my wife's absence, and I am notthe stand-in parental unit. Being my boys' father entitles me toall of the benefits and responsibilities of the job, all of thetime."Jeff Sloan, Colorado
"I sat there in the dark, surrounded by the soothing sounds andsmells of my baby's room, and I thought of how Dad must have feltwhen I was born. I knew at that moment that he never intended tohurt me. I realized that he loved me just as I loved myson."Bryan McGuire, Illinois
"Pride in achievement. Joy in effort. Work as play. My fathernever attended college, but he knew these truths. He learned themon the basketball court, and he taught them to me."Nick Capo,Illinois
"No one fills the shoes of a father. But the footprint that theman who fathered them left behind does not have to stayempty."Michele Weldon, Illinois
". . . when I see all three of my kids laughing, when I thinkabout how much less my life would have been if I'd settled for whatI thought I'd wanted, I realize I don't much care about thesensible things I once did."Claude Knobler, California
"We sat in silence for the nearly twenty-hour drive. He didn'tsay much, but he didn't have to. Without a speech, my father livedthe lesson he was trying to teach me for so long. He really didn'tever give upeven on me."M. C. Hackett, Ohio