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I originally published this post in 2012. Re-published it in 2013, and 2014. During this time, some fathers have been added, and some have passed away. Happy Father's Day in 2015! A Writer/Naturalist I've greatly admired since 1989, Rick Bass, loves his daughters dearly. In his 2009 book, The Wild Marsh (Four Seasons at Home in Montana) (Wild Marsh) , he ponders the fast and relentless pace of childhood as he watches his children grow. In the "July" chapter, Bass writes: "I know I'm doing what I can to slow it down. Reading to them in the evenings, cooking with them, taking them on hikes, and swimming in the mountain lakes. "Any activity I do with them could be done faster and more efficiently, but only recently have I come to understand that the slower and more inefficiently we do things, the greater is my gain, our gain; the less quickly that galloping stretch of time passes... "If I'll only watch and listen, they'll show me -- for a while -- how to slow time down: instructing me in a way that I could never otherwise learn from the caring counsel of my friends, and their experiences." If you are blessed with children, and they are a blessing, I hope you are enjoying them as they are growing through their years; growing through your years. Over the past 20 years, I've become very verbal when I see Fathers interacting with their children, in positive, caring, and fun ways. Especially when they are outdoors: in the park, at the playground, messing around in the creek, going fishing, watching insects up close, or spotting planets in the night sky. They may be working in the garden with their kids, raking leaves, building a snowman, taking a hike, exploring the woods, or simply balancing on an elevated log:
Whether I'm running, walking, biking, or even driving by, I'll often stop, and announce across the distance, to guys I don't even know, and will never see again:
"WAY TO BE A GOOD DAD!"
I know this great Father. This is Ross Peterson with five of their six adopted children. His good wife Chanda, Home Schools these fine kids. We've known Ross since birth. He was our son Aaron's best friend as they were growing from boyhood into manhood. I've been doing this small, but important, act of recognition since 1994. Now, I would like all of you to join me in this special mission. Six, simple, one-syllable words to say:
"WAY TO BE A GOOD DAD !"
Give the compliment. Spend it, don't save it. Give it all you've got. Someday it may come back to you. To the upcoming list of Good Fathers I know, some of the older guys will remember the simple phrase from a "Sweet Baby James" (Taylor) song: "Shower the people you love with love, Show them the way that you feel" And bring them to church with you, so the entire family can get to know Our Father, who art in Heaven...
Some Good Fathers I Know
Rick Adamy Jeff Agar Rick Amann Roger Anderson Ned Andre Randy Argall Matt Bailey Jason Balgavy Lazarus Banks Wade Bernreuter Andy Biermacher Tom Blackford Sr. * Tom Blackford Jr. Matt Block Tom Brege John Brillhart * Matt Burton Chad Carlisle Dirk Casmier Jesse Causer Charles Clark Mike Clark Terry Cliff Joe Costello Eric Curtiss Scott Czarnopys Don Dahlquist Paul Damon Dave Dessellier Nathan DeVos Alex DeYonker Jim Dillenburg Peter Draugalis Sr. * Peter Draugalis Jr. * Tim Duitsman Dale Dykema Kevin Ecclesine Bud Elve Dick Farrer Jerry Field Steve Foote Bob Gansler Santiago Garcia Bill Geldersma Gil Girtz Paul Gordon Dennis Gray Lee Grogg Gary Harmon William Havenga * Bill Havenga Jim Havenga John Havenga Bill Henkel Chis Henkel Jim Henkel Kelly Henkel Pat Henkel Richard Henkel * Ryan Henkel Terry Henkel Tom Henkel Richard Heroux * Gord Herrema Greg Hewitt Andrew Hoekstra Jeremy Howard Ken Hyink Andy Jackson Jason Janoski Pete Johnson Al Jongekrijg Scott Jongekrijg Todd Jongekrijg Joe Junewick Chris Karlson Jeff Karlson Jerry Karlson Matt Karlson Nate Karlson Dick Kearns John Keenoy Sr. Steve Kelly Ernie Kenneway Jason Kinzler * Rick Kircheis Harry Konyenbelt Jeff Kowatch Tony Kubat Dale Lamps Mike Lannan Justin Leslie Jim Long John Longcore Dave Lenox Scott Lenox Bob Mack Scott McDaid Bob McElliott Joe McGrath Bob McIntyre * Don Melvin Jason Meyer John Miller Scott Mince Steve Mueller Mike Murphy Jason Nielsen Chris Norman Heath Oberloh Jeff Odem Russ Olivier Jessy Ouzts Lou Palmerlee * Joe Partin Kirk Partin Wayne Partin Father Mark Peacock Joel Peterson Marc Peterson Merle Peterson Ross Peterson Jason Piotrowski Pete Prina Tom Rademacher Dave Ramsey Jay Reed Jeff Reminga Jon Rick Dathan Ritzenhein Carlos H. Rodriguez Gary Roode Curtis Rowe Peter Rowe Bob Salik * Roy Shaw John Shelton Bob Siegel Joel Siemens Mike Sissing Bill Sleeman Brad Smith Wilton Smith Larry Snyder Jim Sowle Chuck Spliedt Rydder Sprik Denny Stelzer Joe Stojak Jim Stone Lee Strassburger Dan Takens Chuck Tappa Jim Taylor Sr. * Jim Taylor Jr. Steve Tebeau Manny Tendero John Thomas Owen Thompson Jim Timmer III Bill Trowbridge Greg Uhlenbrock Hank Uhlenbrock * Dan Villalobos Tom Vincent Max Weighmink Mel Westbrook Joe Wilusz Terry Winkle Wayne Witt Mike Zoerhoff * Deceased
My Father: Richard John Havenga (1923-2006) I Love you Dad. My only Son: Aaron Richard Havenga (1975-1994) I Love you Aaron. I miss you Buddy.
Aaron would have been an excellent Father, but his Heavenly Father called him home early.
So, can you really slow down the passage of time? No. But there are ways to enjoy the passing of time. Think: There may not be a next time. Live each day as if life is a blessing. Take time. Make time. This time.
Now, my friends, here is the best daughter this world has created, and I thankGod that she is my daughter, a true blessing in my life... Sarah Havenga Partin. I love you Sarah.