Marriage: Walking the Aisle

My Wedding Day
a poem from The Bride To Father
“I think about the time,
Not so long ago,
That when I needed a helping hand,
You were the first to know
I think about the memories,
The good times we’ve shared,
I think about all you’ve taught me,
And how my broken heart you always repaired
Now as I stand here today,
And reminisce on the past,
I think about how hard this day is for you,
How fast the years have surpassed
But as you walk me down the aisle,
Daddy, please don’t cry,
You know how much I love you,
And this is not good-bye
As I spread my wings and fly,
Look at me and know,
That you will forever be in my heart,
Even as the years grow
I think of today as a new beginning,
But my love for you will stay,
So walk me down the aisle Daddy,
It’s my Wedding Day”
~ Lacey D. Karlek
Poet

What Parents Have Taught Them to Do

“Is is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make the successful human beings.”
~ Ann Landers a.k.a. Esther Pauline “Eppie” Lederer,
Advice Columnist
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Fathers & Their Children

“I told them [the producers] I couldn’t compound the lie that Black fathers don’t care about their children. I was proud of the family life I was able to introduce to television.”
~ Esther Rolle
Actress & Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special (1979)
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The Cornerstone of Liberty

“The Bible is the cornerstone of liberty.

Perusal of the sacred volume will make us better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands. The practice of morality being necessary for the well-being of society.

“He has taken care to impress its precepts so indelibly on our hearts that they shall not be effaced by the subtleties of our brain.”

~ Thomas Jefferson,
United States Minister to France (May 1785 – September 1789,
1st United States Secretary of State (March 1790 – December 1793)
2nd Vice President of the United States (March 1797 – March 1801)
3rd President of the United States (March 1801 – March 1809)
Founder – University of Virginia

Heavenly Dad, Earthly Dad

“I believe the heart of the Heavenly Father is reflected in the heart of the earthly father.”
~ Nathan Lorick
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Living in Gratitude

“My dad taught me that good health is all about living in gratitude.”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)
 

To Be a Dad

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.”
~ Anne Geddes
Photographer, Author, Lifetime Membership of the Professional Photographers of America Award (1997), The Charley Hester Award (2007), Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), Royal Alexandria Children’s Hospital ‘Children’s Hospital Benefactor’ Award (2009), Federation of European Photographers (FEP) European Photo Book of the Year (2010), USA ‘Best Books 2011’ Awards, Gold Medal for Best Coffee Table Book American Independent Publisher Book Awards (2011), Miami Children’s Health Foundation (2017), International Photography Hall of Fame (2017), The Steiger Award or Der Steiger (2018) & Most Innovative Children’s Photographer (2019)
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The Way He Celebrated Father’s Day

“I always joke that my kids’ favorite holiday is Father’s Day.
They love the way I celebrate the occasion by writing each of them a thank-you letter and a generous check.
It’s my way of letting them know how much I appreciate the great pleasure and privilege of being their dad.”
~ Wayne Dyer,
Philosopher, Author, & Motivational Speaker

The Best Man, Husband & Father

“For myself, it’s trying to do my best in whatever I am doing.
At this time, it is boxing; then when I get home,
I want to be the best father, the best husband, the best man I can be.”
~ Sonny William “Bill” Williams
International Newcomer of the Year (2004), World XIII (2004), Samoan Sports Association Junior Sportsman of the Year (2004),
Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards “Fave Rising Star” (2005), New Zealand Professional Boxing Association (NZPBA) Heavyweight Champion (2012),
Chiefs Players’ Player Award (2012), WBA International Heavyweight Champion (2013), Jack Gibson Medalist – Sydney Roosters’ Player of the Year (2013),
No.9 in Ask Men’s Top 49 Most Influential Men (2013 Edition), RLIF International Second-Rower of the Year (2013), RLIF International Player of the Year (2013) &
Panathlon International Fair Play Award (2015)
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Tough on Their Boyfriends

“I have three daughters, so I can’t be as tough as I want to be.
When you have kids – especially daughters – they know how to work you.
They’re a lot smarter than we are, that’s for sure. But I’ll be more tough on their boyfriends.”
~ Tim McGraw
Singer, Actor, & Record Producer
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Parents Become Popular Again When Kids Reach 20

“To all those mothers and fathers who are struggling with teenagers,
I say, just be patient: even though it looks like you can’t do anything right for a number of years,
parents become popular again when kids reach 20.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman,
Children’s Rights Activist, Author, President Emerita & Founder – Children’s Defense Fund, Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1982), MacArthur Fellowship (1985), Barnard Medal of Distinction (1985), Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa Bates College (1986), Albert Schweitzer Prize -Humanitarianism (1988), Jefferson Awards – Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1991), Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award (1992), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993), Community of Christ International Peace Award (1995), Heinz Award – Human Condition (1996), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000), The National Women’s History Project Women’s History Honorees (2004), Stanford University Rathbun Visiting Fellow (2011)

When You’re Responsible for Those Little Lives

“Having children makes you see the world in a completely different way.
When you’re responsible for those little lives, you can’t slough it off or forget about it until later.”
~ Linda Ronstadt,
Grammy Awards (11X), American Music Awards (3X), Academy of Country Music Awards (2X),
Emmy Award (1989), ALMA Award, Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2011),
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2014),
National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award (2014) & Consecutive Platinum Albums (8)

A Certain Kind of Man

“My father was a certain kind of man –
I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treated strangers,
and I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father’s name.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner