Happy Fathers Day

Jun 17, 2007

  1. BKrocko
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    Happy Father's Day

    I came across this writing a number of years ago, thought I would share it - Happy Father's Day!

    The Cost of a Child

    The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140 for a middle-income family. Talk about sticker shock. That doesn't even touch college tuition. For those with kids, that figure leads to wild fantasies about all the things we could have bought, all the places we could have traveled, all the money we could have banked if not for (insert child's name here). For others, that number might confirm the decision to remain childless.

    But $160,140 isn't so bad if you break it down.
    It translates into $8,896.66 a year, $741.38 a month or $171.08 a week. That's a mere $24.44 a day. Just over a dollar an hour.

    Still, you might think the best financial advice says don't have children if you want to be rich. It's just the opposite.

    What do your get for the estimated $160,140.00 a child will cost you over your lifetime?
    There's no way to put a price tag on:

    Naming rights. First, middle, and last!

    Glimpses of God every day.

    Giggles under the covers every night.

    More love than your heart can hold.

    Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.

    A hand to hold, usually covered with jam.

    A partner for blowing bubbles, flying kites, building sandcastles, and skipping down the sidewalk in the pouring rain.

    Someone to laugh yourself silly with no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

    For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up.

    You get finger-paint, carve pumpkins, play hide-and-seek, catch lightning bugs, and never stop believing in Santa Claus.

    You have an excuse to keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh, watching Saturday morning cartoons, going to Disney movies, and wishing on stars.

    You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother's Day, and cards with backward letters for Father's Day.

    For $160,140.00, there is no greater bang for your buck.

    You get to be a hero just for retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof, taking the training wheels off the bike, removing a splinter, filling the wading pool, coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and coaching a baseball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

    You get a front row seat to history to witness the first step, first word, first bra, first date, and first time behind the wheel.

    You get to be immortal.

    You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you're lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren.

    You get education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match.

    In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there with God.

    You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, - so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.
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    ~ author unknown ~
     
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    BKrocko, Jun 17, 2007
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    Build Me a Son
    General Douglas A. MacArthur

    Build me a son, O Lord,
    who will be strong enough to know when he is weak,
    and brave enough to face him self when he is afraid;
    one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
    and humble and gentle in victory.


    Build me a son whose wishbone will not be
    where his backbone should be;
    a son who will know Thee- and that
    to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.



    Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort,
    but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
    Here, let him learn to stand up in the storm;
    here, let him team compassion for those who fall.


    Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goals will be high;
    a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men;
    one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep;
    one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.


    And after all these things are his,
    add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor,
    so that he may always be serious,
    yet never take himself too seriously.



    Give him humility, so that he may always remember
    the simplicity of true greatness,
    the open mind of true wisdom,
    the meekness of true strength.



    Then I, his father, will dare to whisper,
    "I have not lived in vain."
     
    somarco, Jun 17, 2007
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    Wow that is a low estimate. My son will cost 8400 just in day care this year. He is definatly worth every penny and then some!
     
    SME, Jun 18, 2007
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    Spent 2 hours at the pool yesterday teaching my 5 year old how to swim. That's a great fathers day to me.
     
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