Remembering My Father’s Lessons

MBC's Father & Dr. Gertrude Barber as children (cropped)

Photo Credits: (Front Row L-R) Maureen’s Father with his sister, Dr. Gertrude Barber

As we approach Father’s Day I think back to my father who passed away 40 years ago. No matter how many years go by each of us has very special memories of our dad.  For me I think how my father served as a role model throughout my life.  He always encouraged me to reach for the sky.  Challenges were opportunities for us to grow.

As I reflect on my life as a parent, teacher and administrator I have used his lessons to guide me on my journey. It has led me to dreams not only for Ryan but for the hundreds of families that I have had the privilege of getting to know and serve.  By following my father’s advice I have helped make dreams come true for Ryan and the children and families at Barber National Institute.

As I think about my father I recall a quote that I truly believe.  “The most important … work you and I will ever do will be within the walls of our own homes.” ~ Harold B. Lee

What Makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it … Dad
~Author Unknown

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2 Responses to Remembering My Father’s Lessons

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful poem!

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