Fathers then and now

** FATHERS OF 1900 and TODAY **

** In 1900, fathers prayed their children would learn English.

Today, fathers pray their children will speak English.

** In 1900, if a father put a roof over his family’s head, he was a

Today, it takes a roof, deck, pool, and 4-car garage. And that’s just
the vacation home.

** In 1900, a father waited for the doctor to tell him when the baby

Today, a father must wear a smock, know how to breathe, and make sure
to have the video camera.

** In 1900, fathers passed on clothing to their sons.

Today, kids wouldn’t touch Dad’s clothes if they were sliding naked
down an icicle.

** In 1900, fathers could count on children to join the family

Today, fathers pray their kids will soon come home from college long
enough to teach them how to work the computer and the DVR.

** In 1900, fathers pined for old country Romania, Italy, or Russia.

Today, fathers pine for old country Hank Williams.

** In 1900, fathers shook their children gently and whispered, “Wake
up, it’s time for school.”

Today, kids shake their fathers violently at 4 a.m., shouting: “Wake
up, it’s time for hockey practice.”

** In 1900, a father came home from work to find his wife and
children at the supper table.

Today, a father comes home to a note: “Jimmy’s at baseball, Cindy’s
at gymnastics, I’m at gym, Pizza in fridge.”

** In 1900, fathers and sons would have heart-to-heart conversations
while fishing in a stream.

Today, fathers pluck the headphones off their sons’ ears and shout,


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