FATHERS & SONS: One of the greatest tragedies in life is that fathers and sons can love each deeply without ever getting to know each other.

Father and sonA father’s need to be right. A son’s need to be independent. A father’s acceptance of his son as a man can be as difficult as a son’s acceptance that his father is just a man.

A father’s need to be mentor. A son’s need to be thought of as an equal. All these things make it difficult for fathers and sons to really get past their role expectations and really get to know each other and accept each other as they really are. I never bridged that gap with my dad. I wish I had

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  1. The relationship described above, could be enhanced and implemented, by both parties simply having mutual respect for each other. What may seem unimportant to one may not at first seem worth listening to and a preconceived notion about the outcome registers with the other,resulting in a tragic outcome in terms of hurt feelings. Learn to listen to each other, learn to think about the new idea the other has and build on it with your own thoughts…leave out cliches and perfunctory comments. Think! Think! Think! If one is too arrogant to add meaningful comment to the other, then the conversation goes blank, thus loss of resolution for true friendly father/son relationships.

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