Saturday, June 19, 2010

Celebrating Fathers Past and Present

When I was 14,
my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand it.
But when I got to be 21,
I was astonished
at how much he had learned 
in seven years.
~Mark Twain
Hello Shepard Family and Friends,

Greetings on this weekend of Father's Day, 2010! May this be a time to remember your father or, if you are able, to celebrate with him in person.

Congratulations to Elmer Shepard, who, among all the descendants of Will and Bura Shepard, is the father among us with the oldest child, his son Dane Shepard of Newcastle, Oklahoma. The first picture shows Dane with his father Elmer, and Dane's children Kaylan and Nathan. The others who call Elmer father and grandfather are his daughter Joan Shepard of Dixon, California and Havilah Wardle of Salt Lake City.

And congratulations to Nathan Shepard, who, among all the descendants of Will and Bura Shepard, is the father with the youngest child, his daughter Preslea. 

The second Father's Day picture I am including shows Nathan with Preslea in a picture taken a few weeks ago in San Diego.

>>Select this link<< to see a photo presentation honoring the fathers and grand fathers among us, including the men mentioned above, as well as others with the last names of Davis, Russell, Boyd, Ortiz, Clark, Gower, Aquiningoc, Sauvage, Harris, Colgain, Wilk and Shepard. Thanks to all of you who sent me pictures for this presentation.

The first background song on the Father's Day photo presentation includes lyrics from the poem "Twistable Turnable Man" written by the late Shel Silverstein. If you enjoy his humorous and insightful children's poetry as much as I do, select this link to read the complete version of this poem as well as his other works. If you want a copy of any of the Father's Day photos in the presentation, select the "view and download photos" link on the upper right of the page where the presentation is seen.

Best wishes to all the fathers and grandfathers among us!
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