When God Made Fathers

When the Good Lord was creating Fathers, He started with a tall frame. And a female angel nearby said "What kind of father is that? If you're going to make children so close to the ground, why have you put fathers up so high? He won't be able to shoot marbles without kneeling, tuck a child in bed without bending, or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping".

And God smiled and said, "Yes, he needs to kneel and be humble, and besides, if I make him child-size, who would the children have to look up to?

And when God made a Father's hands, they were large and sinewy. And the angel shook her head sadly and said "Do you know what you're doing? Large hands are clumsy. They can't manage diaper pins, small buttons, rubber bands on pony-tails or even remove splinters caused by baseball bats."

And God smiled and said, "I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets at the end of a day, yet gentle enough to cup a daughter's small face."

And then God molded long, slim legs and broad shoulders. And the angel nearly was alarmed. "Boy, this is the end of the week, alright, she clucked. Do you realize you just made a father who has no lap? How is he going to pull a child close to him with kid falling between his legs?"

And God smiled and said, "A mother needs a lap. A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled and balance a boy on a bicycle, or to hold up the head of a sleeping daughter on the way home from a day at the circus."

God was in the middle of creating two of the largest feet anyone had ever see when the angel could contain herself no longer. "Do you honestly think those large boats are going to dig out of bed early in the morning when the baby cries? Or walk through a small birthday party without crushing at least three of the guests?"

And God smiled saying, "They'll work. You'll see. They'll support a small child who wants to ride a horse or scare off mice at the summer cabin. He'll wear shoes that will be a challenge to fill."

God worked throughout the night, giving the father few words, but a firm authoritative voice, eyes that saw everything, yet remained calm and tolerant. Finally... almost as an afterthought, God added tears. Then he turned to the angel and said, "Now, are you satisfied he can love as much as a mother?"
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