We’ve got some last minute Father’s Day finds for Dad today.
Whether its birthing stories or toddler tantrums or teenage drama, there’s something for every father in “When I First Held You”, edited by Brian Gresko. A compilation of the works of 22 critically acclaimed authors (and fathers), the book provides fresh insight into the life of the modern father. In an excerpt entitled “Daughter Pressure” published on Slate.com, author Lev Grossman is tells how fatherhood crushed what he calls his “life plan.” Growing up, Grossman was taught that children were a distraction from ‘the plan.’
“Music, writing, teaching, politics, travel, money—those were fit subjects for a life plan. Children were not. People who got distracted by children, sidetracked and bogged down and time-sucked by them, had wandered away from their life plans. Therefore they had failed.”
Grossman’s perspective changed, but not immediately or painlessly. He hilariously recalls one of the first encounters with his daughter, Lily, in the hospital:
“I can clearly remember changing my first diaper in the hospital and thinking: That can’t be how you do it. It can’t. There must be some other way. Surely somebody’s cracked this problem. But no. That was how you did it.”
Eventually Grossman found that Lily brought meaning both to his life and to his writing that shattered the “cool, distant person” he’d been raised to be.
“It wasn’t that I’d finally, at long last, found my voice. It’s that Lily had found it for me,” he writes.
Fathers For Good, a website produced by the Knights of Columbus, has three new stories for Father’s Day.
- Catholic journalist Gerry Korson honors his World War II veteran father in “Gallantry in Fatherhood”. Even though his father has passed, Korson says he turns his thoughts to him now more than ever as he strives to be a good father himself.
- When I First Saw My Child is a touching compilation of fathers’ responses when asked the question: “What did you think, how did you feel, when you saw your first child?”
- “Catch” is a new short film featured on Fathers for Good produced by former Disney Channel star David Henrie. Henrie, a cradle Catholic who says he has recently felt a stronger connection to his faith, produced the film to encourage fathers to spend more time with their children. The film can be viewed on the official “Catch” website.