I believe that what we become
depends on what our fathers
teach us at odd moments,
when they aren't trying to teach us.
On this weekend of Father's Day I am especially mindful of, and grateful for, two men: my own father and the father of our grandchildren. My dad Eugene Shepard died in 2003 but lived a wonderful life and left a great legacy of family love and devotion. Our son Nathan is an outstanding father who makes us very proud on this weekend to remember all fathers.
This first picture shows my dad Eugene Shepard and our son Nathan Shepard in 1996 in Anacortes, Washington.
Below is a slide show honoring all the fathers past and present in our Shepard and Gower families. Pictured are young fathers, old fathers, dads from long ago and dads who are very new to the task. At least one is a father of five kids, while others are fathers of just one or two. Some are steady and hard working, others are just thrilled at the very idea of being dads. Some have been at it for many years and now revel in the joy of "grandfatherhood", while others are still learning how to be the best dad they can. Some do a great job of being step dads, while others face unique and daunting parental challenges.
My brother Gary of Oak Harbor, Washington has been a father since 1968, while my cousin Hershell Gower of Bullhead City, Arizona has been a father the longest in our family, since 1967. That's 49 years! Congratulations to them.
All the fathers pictured here are to be thanked for their hard work and the loving guidance they give their kids.
Happy Father's Day to all of you who have taken on the great task of being a dad!
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