Memory is a wonderful thing. I can relive June 17th over and over.
We met our kids and their spouses and Ryan's parents, brother and sister, and grandparents at Joe T. Garcia's. It was a fun group, to be sure.
After we'd settled down and ordered, Sam said he had a presentation to make. (I knew what was coming.)
He said he wanted to give something to his kids as his father's day gift to THEM. He handed out envelopes and CDs to everyone (he made copies for everyone).
First he said, 'Let's read the letter in the envelope. I'll read it aloud and you can follow along.
Here's the picture I took of that....
Here's what the letter said... (I'm copying and pasting)...
I happened to read a thought for parents last week, which made me realize the best gift for Father’s Day.Then he said the CD was of Don Francisco's songs, which had that song on it.
It’s a letter from a Dad to a Son, on the occasion of his son entering the monastery.
Dear Son, your mother and I are overjoyed to hear how you are adjusting to your vocation and your new life inside the walls of the monastery, and please know that we will pray for you now as we always have prayed for you. There is only one thing I ask you to keep in mind, my son, as you grow in the knowledge of your vocation and that is this: many a night, ‘when all the world was hushed,’ your mother and I rose from our beds to change your dirty diapers. And in doing this we found our vocation.
As often said, it’s hard to remember what life was like before kids. My children, and now my new extended family, more than anything else, gives me “definition.”
I found some old music (pre-children days). I was searching for a song whose lyrics often pop up in my mind. I discovered I had credited it to the wrong author. Instead it is Don Francisco’s “Steeple Song.” That’s what the CD is for. Here’s the hook. After singing about what churches like to call success he sings the chorus:
Do you love your wife?
For her and for your children
Are you layin' down your life?
What about the others?
Are you livin' as a servant to
Your sisters and your brothers?
Do you make the poor man beg you for a bone?
Do the widow and the orphan cry alone?
I don't care if you pray for miracles
I don't care if you speak with tongues
I don't care if you said you love Me
In every song you've sung
It doesn't matter that your sacrifice of praise
Is loud enough to raise the dead
The thing I need to ask you is
Have you done the things I said?
Lord, when were You a prisoner
That we did not come to You?
When was it that we saw You sick
That we didn't follow through
Every time you turned your head
And pretended not to see
When you did it not to the least of these
You did it not to Me
A note to my children... Here’s the best gift for Father’s Day: be kind to others, help where needed, contribute to society. I don’t really care if you are the best or brightest, just be a good person.
My Father’s Day gift is the best... because I have children, in-laws and parent-in-laws that are truly good people. Thank you!
A Happy Dad,
Samuel W. Carmack, V
It was all wonderful.
Then he gave ME something VERY special. And that was a surprise!
This blog post is getting long so I'll wait to write about that later. (It would take quite a few words.)
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