Thursday, June 22, 2023

#173 / Fathers And Sons

As I indicated in my Father's Day blog posting on June 18th, my father has had a big impact on my life. So have my daughter and my son. Having a father and being a father are both pretty significant, and since today is my son's birthday, it seems like a good day to acknowledge what wonderful and positive contributions my son has made to my life.

Philips Dilworth Patton (pictured above) got his first name from my father. He got his middle name (and his red hair) from his mother! Philips' accomplishments, including as an acupuncturist and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, are things that he got all on his own. I am not sure that Philips even realizes what an inspirational example I consider him to be (a different kind of inspirational example, of course, but one right up there with that other Philips you have already heard about). My son is adventurous and brave. He is loving, and he is kind. He reveres the World of Nature, the world of rivers, streams, and trees. He has overcome a powerful and debilitating illness, and has prevailed. He taught himself how to do it, and then built his own home (a tiny home that is efficient, elegant, and lovely). He has made simple living, community, and cooperation the talisman by which he guides his life.
Here is a salute to my son, Philips. As one more birthday arrives, I want to tell him that I love him, and that I am proud of him, and how happy I am for the good fortune that has had him appear in my life. 
Image Credit:
Gary A. Patton personal photo

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