The following poem about fathers was attributed to Eppie Lederer, better known as “Ann Landers,” one of America’s most reliable and trusted sources of advice for decades as a newspaper columnist. Can you imagine what she could do with social media today??!
Back in the 80’s, I used to have a print out that was similar to this poem that I had taped to my wall for years. The gist was when I was younger Dad meant everything, as I got older, I thought less of my father’s wisdom and more of my own. Of course, at 17 I thought I knew everything and I was becoming my own man. As I grew older and became a Dad, I realized how wise my own Dad really was, and wished he was around to talked with.
Any way thought I would share the poem, since I am a #1 Dad…I’m sure it’s part of the responsibility written in the number one Father rule book somewhere.
My Dad When I Was…
4 years old: My daddy can do anything!
5 years old: My daddy knows a lot!
6 years old: My dad is smarter than your dad!
8 years old: My dad doesn’t know exactly everything.
10 years old: In the olden days when my dad grew up, things were sure different!
12 years old: Oh, well, naturally, Dad doesn’t know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood.
14 years old: Don’t pay any attention to my dad. He is so old-fashioned!
21 years old: Him? My Lord, he’s hopelessly out of date!
25 years old: Dad knows a little bit about it, but then he should because he has been around so long.
30 years old: Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all, he’s had a lot of experience.
35 years old: I’m not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.
40 years old: I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He was so wise and had a world of experience.
50 years old: I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn’t appreciate how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him. I sure do miss him.
by Ann Landers
“I don’t believe that you have to be a cow to know what milk is.” —Ann Landers
Esther Pauline Lederer. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 04:02, Jun 15, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/ann-landers-9372525.