A quick shout of Respect

I’ll be posting another “proper” entry later this weekend, on a subject having nothing to do with it being Father’s Day in the US, but before that I wanted to take a moment to state my respect for my father here. I don’t think I’ve actually done that on this blog platform.

For those here who don’t know it, my father and I have had a rather close long distance relationship since I was about 10 years old. Given the geographical distance and physical difference between he and I, many consider it to be remarkable how alike we are in many respects.

Some semi-coincidental similarities: Each of us straight out of high school was seriously planning on becoming a Protestant clergyman — in rather different churches and for rather different reasons — but God saved both of us from all that. Dad went on to do his bachelor’s with a major in sociology; I went on to teach sociology. We began debating religious philosophy with each other when I was about 12 years old, and we each have a reputation for being particularly tenacious debaters of such matters. Both of us have been seriously “challenged” in our efforts at domestic life, and attacks on how we’ve each faced our responsibilities as divorced fathers have cut both of us deeply; yet caring for our children and working for peace have been central goals in both of our lives. The other similarities between us I am rather too close to see, but I’m always proud to have such things noticed by those with an outside perspective on the matter.

So as he is celebrated for his 50th Father’s Day this year, I hope you will join me in raising a glass for — and/or saying a prayer for — the old fellow I was named after: David Robert Huisjen, Senior.

I love you, Dad, and I don’t want you to ever doubt it or forget it.



Filed under Parenting, Social identity, Uncategorized

2 responses to “A quick shout of Respect

  1. apocalypseicons

    That is lovely David.

  2. I was grown, visiting my parents — & my mother said, “You’ve got to watch this videotape. Of your father addressing the City Council here.”

    Grumble, grumble… but finally I watch the silly thing. That’s ME up there! I am horrified!!! My father had seen the same thing, been horrified. We agreed it was hilarious!

    This was a family that had “stayed together for ‘my’ sake” (although I’d intensely wished they wouldn’t!)

    This guy’s book: http://www.scatteredminds.com/about.htm
    was as much “like looking into a mirror” for me as researching it had reportedly been for him. (Considering that he made it through medical school, it’s a condition that can manifest in a wide variety of unexpected ways…)

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