Editorial: Father's Day

Editorial: Father's Day

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The following is an editorial from FOX6 WBRC-TV General Manager Lou Kirchen, first aired on Tuesday, June 17, 2014:

Fathers, I hope all of you had a wonderful Father's Day. I was reminded, yet again, on this day of celebration, how much I learned from my father ... how much he influenced who I am ... what I value. And, you know, it wasn't what he said, it was what he did or didn't do.

My father never did anything halfway. He always took great care and pride in completing tasks and doing them well. On the job, he worked the hours required to get the job done, many hours of overtime and many overnights ... whatever it took.

His garden was huge and was the subject of local newspaper articles. It produced extraordinary tomatoes, cucumbers and potatoes.

In fact, every kind of vegetable and flower flourished there because of his love for and understanding of the earth and his disciplined regimen of care.

His garden was located about half a football field away from the house. So, on days when there was no rain, he carried five gallon buckets of water to the garden, making sure every plant got its fair share of water ... whatever it took.

Although he was a hunter, of sorts, he never killed an animal purely for fun or pleasure. He lived in the country and took in and cared for so many stray cats and dogs that, at some point, our family lost count. He hated to see any abandoned animal go hungry.

As a Little League coach, he taught and cared for every boy on the team as though each was his own. Later, in fact, many of those same boys were on the local high school team that won the state championship in their senior year.

I learned so much from my very fine father ... from how he lived his life. Fathers, never underestimate how much your actions influence your children's lives. What do you think?

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