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Men Who Are Fathers

<em>Edit Article</em> Men Who Are Fathers
In a few months, God willing, my father will turn 100. He has always lived his role as a parent thoughtfully, as on the day he invited me—I was 12—to go with him to the country morgue, where he had to do some consulting for a serious plumbing problem it had. Intuitively he knew that part of becoming a person involves coming to terms with death, if only in a passing and symbolic way. He led me through the morgue until finally we reached the room where the bodies were kept. There, I looked into the faces of the dead and began to wonder about the meaning of life.When I was four years old, I was in a boating accident. I would spend Sunday afternoons fishing from a small boat with my grandfather, my father’s dad. This day something went wrong. I was in the front of the boat and saw my grandfather stand up. Cold water rose up over my ankles and thighs. Then I was in the water and saw a spreading oil slick and cushions and cans floating around me. I felt my grandfather’s hands holding me up in the choppy waters on top of the capsized boat and then I went unconscious.My father’s father died that day in a terrib …

Thomas Moore is the New York Times best-selling author of Care of the Soul, as well as many other books on deepening soul and cultivating a mature spiritual life, three of which have received the Books for a Better Life Award. At turns he has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, a psychotherapist, and an S&H columnist. 

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