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Early Summer 2012 -- My Dad

Dear Friends

My Dad was a trip. Even though he's been gone for years, no one who knew him can mention his name without chuckling and rolling their eyes. This was a man who felt compelled to inform his family every night at the dinner table what astronomical number the National Debt had reached that day. Needless to say, his two teenage daughters hung on his every word. His head spun around the day it reached $3,000,000,000,000. This was a man who predicted that in his kids' lifetime the oceans would be so polluted that we would have to think twice about the safety of eating seafood; that inflation would result in the cost of a loaf of bread being close to $5; and that we'd be buying and drinking water from bottles. Dad was pretty smart. And when Ronald Reagan ran for President, Dad cast an absentee ballot and then proceeded to have a heart attack and die - his vote being counted, even in death. Grief-stricken that we were, we knew he was laughing from the grave.

Some of you might remember my letter in the recent spring catalog, in which I described how my parents really wanted a son, but not having one, sort of raised me as a boy. I was the daughter who mowed the lawn, started the BBQ, and stayed up late with Dad to listen to baseball games on the radio. Dad had what we now know was a stroke a couple of years before he died and was never the same after that. That stroke took just about everything that made the husband, father, and friend he was out of him and left behind someone who was hard to recognize.

I'm writing this because Father's Day is coming up and I wish Dad were here, as his hot-headed, funny, smart self. He's my Dad story and we all have our own. And whether or not some of us are fathers of young children right now, or we are older kids honoring our own fathers, my wish is that each father's child has stories that make us proud, make us smile, and make us grateful for all the ways fathers care. Even if part of that includes being informed daily of the National Debt. (Which, by the way, is now up to $15,000,000,000,000, bless his heart.)




Other Issues:
From our archives -- Offering Wisdom to New Moms

From our archives -- The Best Good Deed

From our archives -- Embracing the Wonder of Children

From our archives -- Encouraging children to live their bliss

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Holiday 2013 -- Embracing the World of Wonder

Winter 2013 -- Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving

Fall 2013 -- Finding Beauty in the Everyday Tasks

Late Summer 2013 - Taking Our Own Advice

Midsummer 2013 -- Appreciating Nature's Bounty

Early Summer 2013 -- Being Prepared

Late Spring 2013 -- Having Realistic Expectations

Spring 2013 -- Offering Mothering Wisdom

Early Spring 2013 -- Being True to Our Nature

Holiday 2012 -- Appreciate the Goodness

Winter 2012 -- Enjoying the Anticipation

Early Fall 2012 -- Looking Back to Appreciate Now

Summer 2012 -- Chinaberry's History & Future

Late Spring 2012 -- My Satisfying Yet Untraditional Upbringing

Spring 2012 - The Consequences of Our Actions

Early Spring 2012 - Learning From Experience

Winter 2011 - The Small Moments

Holiday 2011 - The Good Deed

Fall 2011 - Gratitude

Late Summer 2011 - Overwhelmed? You're Not Alone.

Midsummer 2011 - Louise's Gallery

Early Summer 2011 - Flying 101: Giving Them Wings

Late Spring 2011 - Letting Them Fail

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Fall 2010 - The Chinaberry Commitment

Late Summer 2010 - In the Blink of an Eye

Midsummer 2010 - It's Her Story

Early Summer 2010 - Weathering the Storm

Gifts From My Mother

Spring 2010 - Enjoy the Ride

Early Spring 2010 - Enter the Land of Dirt and Bugs

Winter 2009 - Less Cleaning, More Meaning

Holiday 2009 - Finding Gratitude Every Day

Fall 2009 - Teaching Children Through Our Actions

Late Summer 2009 - A Spoonful of Sugar

Midsummer 2009 - Give Your Kids the Gift of Boredom this Summer

Early Summer 2009 - Who's the Kid and Who's the Parent?

Late Spring 2009 - Making Connections

Spring 2009 - Fully Engaging With Our Children

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