I came to be by way of a little hanky panky back in the long ago, by way of the Moores, who are said to be offspring of the Campbells of the infamous traitorous treatment of them toward a neighboring Scottish clan – the MacDonalds, in 1692. Sometime before that they were the well- respected clan from which the song “The Campbells are Coming” originated. But wikipedia says they were not very welcome people – basically not to be trusted. Interesting little bit of family lore.
A couple hundred years later, some of them had developed into what I believe were civilized citizens of the USA. From what I hear and believe, they were nice people!
As time went on, the Moore girl married a Riddle guy; a Riddle girl married a Rodgers guy. And they begat me!
Ah, so much for family roots.
Now to the part of my blog that matters! We have become a culture that downplays and sometimes even decries, the advantages of a nuclear family.
About forty years ago I had a class in a very poor district of the city. I had a class of 22 children, three of whom had a mother and father in the home; two of those were twins. As I made mention of that to my student aide, her response was “What’s wrong with that?” I suppose I did not answer her. That is how easily we traditionalists and conservative people become intimidated!
But it was not coincidence the family units in that poverty area were so unstable.
Most of those children are now grandparents! How many of those girls might have married worthy men, honorable men? Men able to support them financially, emotionally, and spiritually. How many of those boys became husbands and fathers who cared for their wives and children and provided for them financially, emotionally, and spiritually? A few did. I heard about one from that school who went to the Naval Academy. His daddy was quite proud of him! Come to think of it, how much of his success was because of a daddy who stuck around, a daddy who cared!
A daddy who was present to be proud!