Thanks for the reminder of just how uncommon ordinary families, fathers, mothers
and children are. Free to be kids, free to express themselves, free to love
without embarassment, free to be together without complaint, free to sit next to
each other in church, free to squabble in the car without fear of being stabbed
or shot, etc. How blessed we who come from ordinary circumstances are.
Your father might have been "ordinary", but unfortunately his kind of
life is becoming less and less "common". Fathers who play and active
role in raising their children and pass on valuable moral values to the next
generation are becoming quite rare. Society will suffer as we raise the next
generation that is growing more and more "fatherless".
I don't want to be a failure, when it comes to being a dad. To me that
would be, no one could trust me.