Perhaps most people have one father-figure to look up to, admire, and count on in their life. I certainly had that and more with my dad. He was everything. Yet, he was not alone. I had and still have several uncles who can claim honored patriarch status. They each have had unique upbringings, education, careers, and challenges. Their fix-it skill sets, opinions, and habits contributed to the diversity. They each had one value that took priority over everything else. They were family men, meaning the care and welfare of their family took precedence. Parents were revered and respected, wives were truly loved and valued, and children were prized. My dad and uncles were hands-on daddys before it was fashionable. Quality time with family was valued. They made home safe and comfortable and they made the fun happen. Fear did not rule their households. Love and kindness shined through in all of their expectations and decisions.
I can go on and on bragging about the patriarchs I had known and loved. I was blessed with a long line of family men. My dad takes top honors and a long line of favorite uncles follow close by.
My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling.
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