Though tiring at our age, these family visits have brought pure joy into the lives of Joan and me. It is during these visits that we see the blessings of having a loving father in the home and how the father helps shape their families.
Twice during this time period my brother, a father of five and grandfather of many, and his wife stopped en route to Florida and home. During their brief visits we reminisced about the “good old days,” the days when dad “pulled us out of bed before dawn” to milk the cows and feed the chickens before eating breakfast and catching the school bus; or how, occasionally, we had to dig through snow banks to reach the barn.
Those were the days that my siblings and I learned to work — because it was work or not eat. And we learned to work, and to work hard; now we thank our father for helping us learn that essential element of the good life: hard work.
Then we reminisced about our children and thanked God they have grown up to be productive individuals and for bringing such great joy into our lives, they who now bring home grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The families our children have and are raising are a credit to their heritage; the children take their role of traditional fathers and mothers seriously, with each child performing their God-given responsibilities of providing for and nurturing each of their children into adulthood; and helping each of them understand they are truly “A Child of God” while helping them understand God’s great “Plan of Happiness” and their role in that plan.
My siblings and I were raised during an era when the traditional family — a family with both a father and mother — was the norm. That norm began to change during the ensuing years and I doubt if my parents, if they were living today, would recognize how the breakup of the traditional family has so adversely affected society today.
They would be traumatized by how quickly the ensuing generations have accepted abortion as the law of the land, or the percentage of new-born babies that are born illegitimate, born through lust, not love, and are condemned to a fatherless home — a tragedy in itself. Neither would they would react favorably to the current attack on the role of traditional marriage worldwide.
My father, always one to speak his mind, would remind the current generation, this generation so bent on discarding “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God,” that no nation that flouts God’s eternal laws ever survives.
He would, I believe, remind this generation, and their governments, that God has a way of reminding those nations who ignore his laws that he just might get their attention in a way they may not like.
Hitler, in his plan to create the perfect Arian Nation, flouted the laws of “Nature God” by using willing, and not so willing, girls as breeders, and producing babies for society to raise.
Dad would tell today’s generations it didn’t work for Hitler and it won’t work in this generation. Ignorance of history, or of nature’s laws, is no excuse when the wrath of God descends on a people, and/or nation.
If America, or the world, is going to solve its current societal challenges it will be only after the father is returned to his rightful place as provider of the family; and “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” are re-enthroned as the cornerstones of American law; and the traditional family re-enthroned as the foundational unit of America — and world.
Only then will America return to its former prominence as the beacon of hope and freedom to the enslaved of the world.
As patriarch of my ever-growing family, I have experienced both the joys and sorrows associated with fatherhood; feeling the joy of holding newborn babies in my arms and of watching children receive their diplomas at every level of the educational ladder. But I have also felt the pain of holding an 11-year-old son in my arms as he died, and then laying him in his grave.
When young men understand the real role of fatherhood and then work at being full-time fathers, will they feel the full joy of fatherhood — a joy found only in the traditional family?
Happy Father’s Day.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.