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On Being a Dad

June 15, 2012 By: Norman M. Dy MD FACP

Norman M. Dy MD FACP

Well, it’s happened.  I’ve been a father for thirteen years and my son is going to Bar Mitvah in a week or so.  Watching the boy grow is astounding: he’s taller, brighter, and more good looking.  The bright and good looking he gets from his mother and the tall he get’s from my father-in-law.  Later, when he has difficulty losing a pot belly and trouble remembering his keys—that’ll be from me.

I watched him at his rehearsal Bar Mitzvah the other day and as an abiding Catholic father of two Jewish children (from their Jewish mother), I am really impressed by how much hard work a child has to do in order to attain their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  It did leave me pretty feeling philosophical and I thought that this Father’s day, I would share some quotes from all over.  There are millions of them on the internet, but these are ones I especially liked.


“To be a successful father… there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.”
Ernest Hemingway

“A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he’s in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.”
Bill Cosby

“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.”

“It is much easier to become a father than to be one.”
– Kent Nerburn

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”
– Clarence Budington Kelland

“Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.”
– Reed Markham

“The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, ‘Daddy, I need to ask you something,’ he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.”
– Garrison Keillor

“There are three stages of a man’s life:  He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.”
– Author Unknown

“One day, a friend of mine noted how hard he was on his son, and how soft he was with his daughter.  Mulling it over for a while, I think I understand the phenomenon: When I see my son, I see me growing up, and I know what I needed: discipline, motivation, boundaries.  When I see my daughter, I see a little version of my wife. Well, I fell in love with my wife; which is why my daughter can have whatever she wants.”
– Author Unknown

Posted by Norman M. Dy MD FACP on June 15, 2012

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