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Honor thy father; honor thyself

There were two men who frequented the same newsstand near their bus stop. Every weekday, they bought a newspaper and a cup of coffee. Over the years, they had become quiet friends. Frequently, they talked about the headlines or shared a laugh over a cartoon. Occasionally, they shared with one another things that they did not even tell their family.

One Monday morning, the first man told the second man that he had to put his father in a nursing home over the weekend. He regretted that his elderly father had become so cranky and bossy. He continued that his father used to be a kind, gentle man. In fact, they were quite close growing up. But now, his father did nothing but complain about politics and the culture, and whine about his aches and pains. He went on to detail how the old man was exhibiting signs of dementia.

The second man tried to listen with compassion and understanding. However, he had never known his father. He thought of his childhood, when he longed to have a father — any father. He envied this man standing next to him, complaining about his dad.

After the first man had finished his rant, the second man offered a gentle reminder, “Be grateful for the time you have had with your father. I never knew mine.” And the first man first felt shame, then joy in remembering what a gift he had in his dad. And his frustration and worry were replaced with gratitude.

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