This is the oldest photo I could find of my Dad’s earliest experience as a father. It was taken in Washington, D.C., where he had worked in the Navy Chaplain’s Office prior to joining the Navy. The young father is obviously beaming with pride, holding my sister.
As a youngster, you don’t appreciate your parents’ rules, convention or seemingly harsh discipline. I always thought my Dad was more strict than any of my friends’ dad.
He was strict, but I never doubted that he would stand up for me, believe me, trust me and protect me. But, as he always told me, “You better make sure your nose is clean.”
Thought for the Day: Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can me tough. Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908)