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The Good in Men: A Testimony to Patience

We’re collecting your stories about “the good in men” through June 10th. Please be sure to share with us about a man of significance in your life and together we will correct the misleading notion perpetuated by the left that masculinity is somehow “toxic.”

At the end of this project, 2ndVote gifting an Égard watch (3 – Neutral) to a deserving man selected from these stories this Father’s Day.

Jim in Florida writes:

This is about a young father.

I was at the beach recently, enjoying the sun and the soft waves coming to the shore. As I sat there, a little girl about 4 years old caught my eyes. She was holding her daddy’s hand.

She was clearly distrustful of the sand. She released her grip on Daddy’s hand and walked hesitantly toward the water. Daddy encouraged her to continue walking in the sand toward the water. Upon reaching the water’s edge, she watched in awe as the waves lapped against the shoreline. A larger wave got her feet wet, and she stepped back in panic. Daddy was close by, still trying to coax her deeper into the water. She determined it was time to retreat back to the safety of the umbrella.

A short time later, she again appeared. Daddy was close by, patiently encouraging her to walk toward the water. Upon reaching the water’s edge, she again retreated. Daddy did not scold her or order her to the water. He only smiled at her lovingly. This scene was repeated 5 or 6 times. Each time, the child grew a little bolder until finally getting her feet wet again. After about a dozen starts and stops, sometimes returning to the umbrella, she was actually jumping and splashing at the edge of the water.

I could only marvel at the patience this man showed her, and knew that she would always get the same patience from him as long as he lived. As a grandfather myself, I realize the pressures that society places on fathers. It was awesome to witness this testimony to patience.

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