- A FATHER'S DAY MESSAGE
by my Arlington Towers friend
daughter Mary called me on Father's Day and said,
I've got a story to tell you
about you as a father to me, growing up.
You and I were together talking,
daughter and daddy, and an ant came into
the room on the floor between us.
I jumped up and stomped on it."
looked at me and said,
"Why did you do that?"
I said, "Oh, it's just an ant."
remember exactly all you said,
but you told me not to kill defenseless things,
unless I had a very good reason
to do so.
I do remember a particular thing you said,
'They're doing the best they can.'
Ever since then I've never stepped
on an ant, wittingly."
of course very pleased
at this Father's Day message.
And as for the saying,
"Doing the best they can,"
I have used it for years, applying it
very broadly to living, struggling things, including
It makes their behavior somehow
friend, Robert Sargent - 1912-2006
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