Tag Archives : Father’s Day

Family & Friends

Candids of Daddy (Snapshots Not Included)

By Nancy Weber
By Nancy Weber

Grow up without a camera, and your eyes—and ears, nose, and sense of taste and touch—record what’s imperative to save. I’m grateful for the secret album in my mind, its images sharp and bright, miraculously impervious to the blight of memory loss that robs of me of names and birth dates.

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Family & Friends · Fine Art

Father’s Day: Words, Words, Words

By Grace Graupe-Pillard
By Grace Graupe-Pillard

After his massive stroke, my father sat in his wheelchair, frantically scribbling in a notebook. Utterly frustrated, he scratched out on crumpled, stained paper: I USED TO BE O.K. . . . I AM A RETIRED ARCHITECT. Witnessing this encounter, I felt ineffable heartbreak

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Family & Friends

Father’s Day: Let Us Now Praise Steadfast Men

By Diane Dettmann
By Diane Dettmann

My father, Harold Elleson, had all the virtues expected of a husband and father in Minnesota in the 1940s: he was loving, steadfast, dependable, faithful. His was a hard-luck life, and, like Minnesota fathers back then, he shouldered his burdens without complaint.

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Family & Friends

The Gift of Family

By Suzanne Russell
By Suzanne Russell

My family and I wanted to do something special for my father when he turned 80 years old. It was Isabel’s idea to adopt a bench in Central Park and dedicate it to Grandpa from all his grandchildren. My father has always used the park, and for years he and his wife have lived near the entrance at 72nd Street on the Upper East Side. They have walked several generations of dogs in the park.

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Family & Friends

Fatherhood, Teutonic Style

By Susanna Gaertner
By Susanna Gaertner

I know that my father loved me, but it was in the manner of an earlier age: Children were meant to be seen and not heard, to be obedient in all things, and to follow the path prescribed by their wiser parents. I really had no relationship with this wonderful man after my teenage years.

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Fashion & Beauty

Father’s Day: Requiem for an Ordinary Man

By Linda J. Heller
For years I felt resentful that my dad seemed to relate better to the little 6-year-old in the tutu than to his grown-up daughter with opinions and dreams he obviously considered ridiculous and out of reach. But given his personal history, I think that I now understand.
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