Happy Fathers Day!

June 18, 2016

We, at Scottish Voice, wish all fathers a very Happy Fathers Day/

Grace Golden Clayton was mourning the loss of her father when,
on Dec 1907, a terrible Mining Disaster happened that killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving 1,000 fatherless children.
Clayton suggested her pastor Robert Thomas Webb, honor all those fathers. So on on July 5, 1908,the first observance of a “Father’s Day” was held in Fairmont, W. Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Epis-copal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church.

A poem By David Kettler
Bedtime came, we were settling down,
I was holding one of my lads.
As I grasped him so tight, I saw a strange sight:
My hands …. they looked like my dad’s!

I remember them well, those old gnarled hooks,
there was always a cracked nail or two.
And thanks, to a hammer that strayed from its mark,
his thumb was a beautiful blue!

They were rough, I remember, incredibly tough,
as strong as a carpenter’s vice.|
But holding a scared little boy at night,
they seemed to me awfully nice!

Thinking back, misty-eyed, and thinking ahead,
when one day my time is done.
The torch of love in my own wrinkled hands
will pass on to the hands of my son.

I don’t mind the bruises, the scars here and there
or the hammer that just seemed to slip.
I want most of all, when my son takes my hand,
to feel – that love lies – in the grip.
By David Kettler


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