His birth name was Clarence, but everyone called him “Tint.” He was a generous 5 foot 6 inches on a tall day. Soaking wet, he might have tipped 150 on the bathroom scales. Tint’s diet consisted mainly of what came from his backyard: catfish, white perch, fox squirrels, rabbits, ducks, deer and his garden. He would drink a whole pot of strong black coffee every morning before the sun came up, and he relished Chesterfield cigarettes and Jax beer.
Right off the bat, some might feel a Bill Engvall response, author of the song “Here’s Your Sign,” in saying “I am awake, or I wouldn’t be reading this.” Here’s your sign, Joe. Fair enough. Yet fathers in our country need to wake up with a resolve to focus on fatherhood and leadership. We should become more alert as one who is truly awake.
As with many holidays, Father’s Day had a unique inception, it grew in meaning, it once was celebrated in the ways of those days, and now some celebrate it differently. Some don’t celebrate or commemorate at all.
When I began employment with the Ruston Daily Leader, one of my first assignments involved the Domestic Abuse Resistance Team, better known as DART. The organization was gearing up for their annual push in fundraising to help those in need that have found themselves in an abusive situation.
From that assignment, and another well-researched article on the prevalence of domestic violence in our region, I have become very familiar with this epidemic.
From my research I found these startling statistics:
• One in four women will become a victim of domestic violence at some point