Wednesday, February 4, 2015

“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.” — Euripides

      I always wanted to have that special relationship that a father has with his daughter, but God never granted me that wish.  Instead, He sent me three sons, and I have a special relationship with each—like the picture at the right.  Speaking of lion fathers and their sons, did you know that the “Lion King” was based on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet?”  
     It is probably just as well that I didn’t have a daughter because I would have let her start dating as soon as she was eight years old but I would gone on every date with her until she was thirty.  I also would have bought her Corvettes (yes, plural, she would have wrecked one or two), and spoiled her until no one liked her except me, so I guess it’s just as well I didn’t have a daughter.  I am drawn to literature and movies about fathers and daughters and have read almost every book and seen almost every movie with that theme.  One of my most recent favorites was “Trouble With The Curve” with Clint Eastwood.  Of course, "Les Miserables" was also a special favorite (I watch it once a month).  Naturally, I loved the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and the multi-Oscared movie of the same name.  I was shocked to hear just yesterday that Harper Lee, who is now 88 years old, recently discovered her first novel—thought to be lost.  Her sister died, and upon opening her safety deposit box, the lost manuscript was discovered.  It was her first novel written about a girl named “Scout” who was an adult living in New York and headed back to the South.  Her editor asked Harper Lee to write a book from the point of view of Scout as a little girl and “To Kill A Mockingbird” was the result, but the first novel was thought to be lost.  Harper Lee won a Pulitzer Prize for the second novel but then dropped out of the public eye and never wrote another book.  Now that this one has surfaced, Ms. Lee has agreed to allow it to be published (coming out this summer).  I can’t wait.  While God didn’t give me a daughter, he has given me two wonderful daughters-in-law, and two of the sweetest granddaughters a man could ever ask for.  I guess we just have to trust that God knows what He is doing because buying all those Corvettes would probably had led me to a life of crime to afford them and driven my wife away in one of them.  I love the women in my life and still love father-daughter scenarios in movies and books.  Can’t wait to see what light Harper Lee will bring to that understanding in her first novel.  
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