It's a Jolly Holiday: Father's Day Wishes by Way of Mary Poppins
Oh, it's a jolly holiday with you , Bert
Gentlemen like you are few...
A vanishing breed, that's me...
Though you're just a diamond in the rough, Bert
Underneath your blood is blue.
You'd never think of pressing your advantage.
Forbearance is the hallmark of your creed.
A lady needn't fear when you are near
Your sweet gentility is crystal clear
Oh, its a jolly holiday with you, Bert,
A jolly, jolly holiday with you!
.....from the Disney movie, Mary Poppins
Remember Bert the Chimney Sweep? How I loved Dick Van Dyke in that role...whimsical, tender, comical, charming. Rub the grime off Bert and you knew he would shine solid gold, eccentricities and all. Even Mary Poppins, she of "practically perfect in every way" favored him with her approval.
Father's Day is a jolly holiday: traditionally a time for golfing or fishing, or baseball or barbeque, placed on the calendar deep in the heart of June with all the opportunities of the summer's best...and the option to nap in one's recliner if summer presents its worst. Certainly, I wish a full menu of these ordinary pleasures for the fathers I know and love.
But these guys deserve recognition beyond a good steak and an afternoon nap. We may fall a tad short of "sweet gentility" here in the hinterlands, but scratch under the grime of these fathers and you will find faith and persistence, calluses and self discipline, humor, patience and the willingness to bear any burden for their family, friends, church, and community.