The Fireside Chat Series (Episode 1)

Reflections on Fatherhood & Childhood

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I miss our long reflective walks in thick darkness under the African moon. I always smile

fondly upon reminiscing over our 14 year old Volkswagen Beetle for in it I sat on your

lap and had my first driving lesson at age 6 or so. You taught me gravitās without

ever uttering that word. And although I quickly replaced your favorite mantra

"hard work is the answer" with "facta non verba" as I grew wiser and re-

solved respectfully, to be a better Dad (when—should I be so blessed—

my time comes), I never stopped loving you or Ma. I haven't seen

you for over fifteen years. And that is a reflection of my own

failure.  Not yours.  But never doubt my love for you, my

brothers or stepsisters. My circumstances, I pray, will

change soon enough & I'll come running to embrace

you. As I sometimes quip: I don't want to go to

another planet.  I'd rather fix this one.  And

when it's my turn, I want to be a better

father till death. And beyond. So be

strong. Have good faith. And be

refreshed by the all-important

truth always, that I so love

you Daddy. When a man

cries as you did and I

have recently, only

God understands

the anguish &

pain behind

it  all. So,

Help Us,

L o r d

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