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Monday, 6 May 2019


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping, the golden age of Hollywood (esp westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. Sometimes, I get mad as hell! & @JoeCushnan

Work in Progress.......

In recent times, I have been researching and writing about my father and, as part of the process, I thought about what a good father should be. From various sources, I pulled together some notes to help with a definition:

A good father is a steady provider and works to see that his family has the necessities of life. He does everything in his power to keep the family safe from anything and anyone that would injure or harm his children physically, emotionally or spiritually. He shares his knowledge and principles to help his children grow and develop. He shows kindness, compassion and interest in his children. He is a good example for his children to look up to and he is revered by his children for his moral character and actions. He helps his children learn proper boundaries and consequences.  Of course, he shares all of this with his wife or partner, his partner in love, the person he respects and to whom he is totally faithful.  Therefore, he is protector, teacher, friend, exemplar, patriarch, disciplinarian, spiritual leader and devoted partner, a good man, a good husband and a good father.

I think that just about covers it.

But, now I am a grandfather (Granda) for the first time, (grandson born 3 May, 2019) I need to think again on this new level of responsibility, perhaps draw from the words above and add to them to draft a blueprint for this new, exciting and joyous role.

At 12.29 pm, 
on the 3rd of May, 2019, 
123rd day of the year, 
45th day of spring, 
the emerald birthstone glinted, 
Zodiac’s Taurus stood tall, 
a new life to begin,

welcome baby Finn. 

Over the next short period, I shall return and add to this post.

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