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What Makes A Dad
What Makes A Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it ... Dad
Dad Didn't GetItDad didn't get it when Dustin stood with his nose pressedto the pet shop window and announced, "That's him! That's the petI want!"
"But that's a dog," said Dad. "Dogs area lot of work. You have to walk a dog, brush a dog, pick up after a dog.Why does a pet have to be a dog? How about something easier to take careof?"
Dustin turned to look at Dad. "I have my reasons,"he said. "I want a dog." "Hmm," said Dad. "Let's goinside and see what other pets they have. Maybe you'll see something you likebetter."
Dustin took a deep breath. Dad just didn'tget it. Why was wanting a dog so hard to understand? A little bell tingledas Dad opened the door to the pet shop.
"May I help you?" asked a teenagesales clerk. He had purple hair and a ring through his nose. And it lookedlike he was wearing a dog collar himself.
Dad's eyes widened and he jumped back a few steps. "Uh...yeah,"he said at last. "We'd like to look at some pets." "Sure thing," said the clerk. "We've got 'emall - snakes, turtles, lizards, cats, dogs..." "Thanks," said Dad. "We'll just look around."
The clerk gave Dad and Dustinthe thumbs up. Then he disappeared into another section of the shop.
"What should we look at first?" asked Dad.
"Dogs," said Dustin.
Dad frowned. "How about some nice fish?" he asked. He didn't waitfor Dustin to answer. He headed for the huge tanks in the back of the shop.
Dustin stood staring at the puppy in the front window. Thenhe joined Dad at the aquariums. Surely Dad would figure it out soon. Fish weren'tany fun.
Dad bent over a fish tank. "Look,"he said. "This tank has tiny crabs, and fishyou can see right through to their insides! You could have hoursof fun just watching these little guys!"
Dustin rolled his eyes. "Dad," he said, "fishare okay pets for old ladies or sick people. But not kids. Kids want somethingto play with, not just to look at." Dad backed away from the tank. "Right," he said. Then he moved on till he came to some smaller tanks that were open at the top and not filled with water.
"Look here," said Dad. "Turtles!You can have lots of fun with a turtle."
Dustin folded his arms across his chest. "Ohyeah?" he asked. "How?" "Turtle races," said Dad."We could get two turtles and make a track and let them race againsteach other."
That's the dumbest idea I've ever heard of, thought Dustin, but he didn't say that. Instead he asked, "Don't you remember that story we read together, Dad? The one about the turtle and the rabbit? The turtle didn't really like to race. Sure he won. But it took FOREVER!"
Dad scratched his head. He didn't look happy. "Let'scheck out the birds." The bird section was the noisiest part of the pet shop. "Squawwwwwk!" went a big green parrot from a cage in the corner. "Ahoy, matey! Don't touch! Don'ttouch!" he screeched.
Dad chuckled. "Wow! You can't say that guy wouldn't beany fun!" Dustin shook his head. "Mom wouldn't let us in the housewith a pet as noisy as that," he said.
Dad's smile changed to a frown. "Oh, yeah...Mom," he said, "you'reright. Next to the parrot's cage was another cage that seemed to be empty. "What'sin here?" asked Dad. "See anything?" He and Dustin moved closer to the cage.
"Yeah," said Dustin. "In the bottom. There'sa gray bird." Dad saw it, too.
"Looks like a dove," said Dad. "But he'sgot a huge spot of white feathers on his back. I've never seen a dovelike that before."
Dustin studied the bird for a long time. "This is thepet I want," he said at last. Dad looked surprised. "Really?"he asked. "You like this guy, huh?"
"Yeah," said Dustin. "He's perfect. I canteach him tricks and he can learn to sit on my shoulder at night when Ido my homework. I'll train him to do all sorts of things!"
Dad seemed relieved. "Let's find the salesclerk."
Dad looked around for the guy with purplehair. He finally found him. The clerk came over and took the dove out ofthe big cage and put him into a smaller cage that Dad could buy. Then theclerk got a bag of birdseed and suggested some little pebbly stuff to putin the bottom of the cage to keep it clean.
"Nice bird," said the clerk to Dustin. "Whatare you going to name him?"
Dustin looked at the gray dove with the big spot of white feathers on his back.
"Spot," he said.
"Spot?" asked the clerk. "Are you sure? Soundslike a dog."
"I know," said Dustin. "It's just...I've had that name pickedout for months."
Dad looked up from the check he was writing. He was quiet for a few moments,then he said, "I don't get it, Dustin. Are you sure you want this bird,or..."
Dustin looked at the bird with the big white spot. Then he looked at the solidblack doggie in the front window.
"You get it, Dad," he said. "I just want Spot.
And now I've got him."
Dad Didn't Get ItDad Didn't Get It By Suzanne Lieurance. Welcome to My Author Site - Suzanne Lieurance, Author Suzanne Lieurance wrote Dad didn't get it. She is a children's writer in Kansas City, Missouri.
A Father and a Dad Are Not the SameA father and a dad are not the same:
One can be a dad and not a father,
Or one can be a father and not bother
To earn through love the more endearing name.
Some find fatherhood a bit too tame,
Leaving all the details to the mother,
Or dumping the sweet burden on another
Man with just a passing twinge of shame.
You have been our dad so many years
That you've become the landscape that is home,
The mountain that we look to from afar.
No matter where we go we're not alone,
For you remain within to still our fears
And be the word that tells us who we are.
By by Nicholas GordonA Father and a Dad Are Not the Same
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