Thursday, April 24, 2014

“We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so. ” ― Alexander Pope

Karen had a wonderful stay with our oldest son, Chris, who is the creative director for Google and now lives in California at the international headquarters.  His wife, Brenda, also works for Google but must live in Manhattan for another year before she can move to be with Chris.  The two of them are pictured at the right on one of their visits here.  Karen is now going to spend about a month with our youngest son, Keith, who is a food scientist for Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas.  All three of our sons were graduated by the University of Arkansas and have their names carved in the sidewalks there.  Of course, our middle son, John, lives here in Bunda with us.  He came for a one week visit eight years ago and is still here.  The son in Springdale is the father of three children, two girls and a new baby boy that Karen has never held or kissed.  She will spend time with them as that was the plan.  Our youngest son, Keith, also teaches physics at a local Christian high school early in the morning before he goes to work.  He also plays classical guitar and sings with the group “Singing Men of Arkansas” and if you get the chance, go to one of their concerts as they are very, very good.  We love all of our three sons who make us proud on a daily basis.  An old arabic story is told of a man with three sons who was questioned about which one he loved the most.  His answer was, “The sickest till he is well, the youngest until he is old, and the farthest away till he is home.”  Good answer, eh what?  We feel the same way.  We love them all deeply and differently, but they have been a blessing to us and to so many others.  We thank God for our sons who grew up to be fine young men in spite of their father who tried hard but wasn’t the best.  We men, have only our own fathers as role models, and some of those weren’t very good fathers themselves, so we had to improvise and try to improve.  I hope my sons know that I did the best I could with what I had.  It is what we do as missionaries here.  It is all anyone can do.
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