A long time ago, I heard a scenario described on the radio. A card company donated Mother's Day cards to a prison. The inmates could chose a card and mail it off to their mom. This idea went over much better than anticipated. If I remember correctly, the card company made at least two more deliveries of cards because there was so much interest.
They were a bit stunned at the interest but they were also spurred on. Since the Mother's Day cards were such a hit, the company decided to provide cards for Father's Day as well.
But...not a single inmate sent a card to their father for free.
Not just a lot less interest. No one mailed a card on Father's Day. This speaks volumes.
How much of the world could be changed by a father taking the time to read to his children?
A simple, almost daily act could change a child's life. Reading to children inspires a desire to read, exposes to new ideas, provides a time for touch, connection, and a way to say that the child is important.
The father of my children (just for the record -- he is also my husband) reads to them most every day. Even the twelve-year-old boy who dreams of adventures and moving out on his own, and who can read 20 books in a few days, loves to be read to by his father (and his mother, too).
I knew it was a gift how much their father loves them.
But perhaps it is an even greater gift than I realized that the highlight of our day is daddy reading aloud to the children.
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What about you? Do you think it could change the world to have fathers read most every day to their children?