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All for You, Old Man, and It’s Timely

This is your inning, Dad.

There has been so many beautiful things written about Mother and all the rest of the family that it is high time we should tell you how we love you and how we appreciate you.

You’ve worked so hard; you’ve been so ambitious to do things for your loved ones, and they have accepted your sacrifices, work, and watchfulness as matter of fact.

You’ve had dreams of a some day when you would relax and play and enjoy, but you have set that some day too far ahead. You consider yourself after all your loved ones are more comfortable and happy, and time is passing, Dad; the marks of time are showing on your poor, tired head; the wrinkles of care are marking your face, and the roses are bleaching from your cheeks.

You are too unselfish, too much centered in that some day. Let’s change things a bit, Dad. Sometimes the some day doesn’t come.

You are entitled to, and it’s your duty to have, happiness and pleasures and health and joys, right here now today.

Your loved ones do not want you to spend your health getting wealth. They don’t want to see you worn out, tired, weary and unhappy in the evening of your life. Besides it’s your duty to let them share responsibility and work out their own problems. They will be better if you let them gain knowledge by practical experience.

Come on, Dad; get in the group and enjoy things now and you will live longer and you will get more out of life and give more pleasure to your loved ones. Get in the game, Dad; let’s see the old light and twinkle in your eyes; let’s have the sunshine on your face; the love-light on your lips and the happiness in your heart. Come on, Dad, we all want you to do these things.

Leave your cares at the office; come on and play, and you will be so much better and stronger and so much more successful in your business.

Let’s have the corners of your mouth turned up tonight at the supper table; be part of the family, Dad, not a poor, tired bread winner.

We don’t want to hear any more sh sh or whispers when you come home. We don’t want to feel that restraint and uncomfortable feeling; let’s laugh and sing and love and play let’s make your home-coming a joyous event.

We all love you, Dad, but you haven’t made it as comfortable as you might for us when we try to express our love. You’ve been too tired, too busy, too much occupied with those business thoughts.

Don’t you see how we love you, and how we appreciate you? Don’t you know that there is no one in the world who can take the place of Dad?

Keep your heart young, Dad; we will help if you only say “come on.” We are waiting for the signal. Let’s start the new schedule tonight; come on, Dad, what do you say?