Wednesday, June 23, 2021

What My Dad Taught Me, His Daughter, About Manhood — And Why It Matters

When I read “To Kill A Mockingbird” for the first time — and every time since — I invariably pictured my father as Atticus Finch. It didn’t hurt that he’s a lawyer and looks like Gregory Peck, with glasses, determined features, and dark hair falling over his forehead. But the resemblance was deeper. 

After I read of how Atticus gently sat Scout down on the porch swing and explained our imperfect world to her childish ears, I thought of each time my dad would do the same when I discovered some new hurt or crisis. His explanations of the deep obligations of integrity sounded like the heartfelt lessons in which my dad explained to me the importance of doing what’s right.


  1. She couldn't have given her Dad a better Father's Day present than this essay about him.

  2. What a great story, Wisco and WC. Thanks for sharing! Elle Reynolds is extremely lucky to have a Dad such as hers. These days, there are few real fathers and far too many sperm donors.

  3. MartinFromGermanyJune 23, 2021 at 4:45 PM

    A great story and very well written, indeed.
    I apologize for stealing the link.

  4. This is just The Federalist stripping Christianity away so people only get a slanted view of part of the message. Same old dirty tricks echo down the ages.


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