A Tribute to My Dad

My brother Andrew wrote a tribute about our dad for Father’s day.

A father’s tough love is a cultural cliché – walk down the Hallmark aisle in May, and you’ll be assaulted by pink and white frilliness that proclaims a mother’s tenderness while the next month, the same aisle is festooned in blue and brown straight lines that let us know that dad, by contrast, doesn’t appreciate that nonsense. But that tough guy formulation masks some of the greatest truths about love that we learn from our fathers.

The whole thing is good, and rings true to my experiences. One of the greatest gifts I’ve been given is my parents, and to this day I’m scrambling as hard as I can to be as good a parent as they were.



  1. Pop
    on June 24, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    All one has to do is to look at the product to see that you are an excellent father and Misty an excellent mother–and that your children are willing to work with you, as you and Andrew were willing to work with us, in learning the world’s ways and how one should fit into those ways. Despite those times that all parents have, when, to borrow a phrase, one wants to pinch off their heads, you’re obviously handling the process with love and care. Keep up the good work!

  2. on June 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I’m so jealous. All I have to work off with my dads is what NOT to do. But that’s also valuable. Not to weird you out or anything, but I totally look at you and Misty as examples of great parents and try to model my behavior off yours. So your dad isn’t only great for you guys, he’s great for all your friends as well! Thanks Grandpa Granade!

  3. on June 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Aw, thanks!

  4. on June 27, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    It was all good! Thanks for sharing, Stephen!

  5. Edie Mindell
    on July 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    I agree. Our parents play a very important role in shaping us to become good people. They are the ones who nurtured us throughout the years. And we owe to them everything that we are right now. We are good parents to our children because of them. 🙂