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Happy Father’s Day!

fathers-dayToday is Father’s Day.  It’s a little tough for me as the ex-wife had asked a while ago if she could have this weekend (which was scheduled as hers anyway) as her boyfriend had planned a family trip for them.  Although I did feel a bit put out and like he’s taking away my role as a father – especially on this day – I agreed as I need to keep things as smooth as possible  So I’ve been spending a lot of the day reading all the papers and I came across this random piece about Abraham Lincoln as a father.  I found it particularly interesting as all I ever heard about his personal life was his reputation as “honest Abe.”  I knew nothing about his relationship with his kids though.

Abraham Lincoln was like me in one way at least – he was the father of three boys.  Unfortunately though, tragedy struck, and the middle one passed away at 11-years old.  He was apparently the one who was most like him.  I cannot imagine going through something like that, losing one of my boys.

Anyway, he became very close to his other boy, Tad.  No matter what the boy did – and it sounds like through documentation archived in The Shapell Manuscript Foundation that he was quite the troublemaker – daddy Abraham would come to his defense.  Tad would come and interrupt meetings; go along with him to the White House and even share his bed.  One of the pieces archived at Shapell is a letter Abraham wrote three days after his second Inauguration saying: “Will Gen. Delafield please allow the bearer, my son, to have a map or two for which he will ask? A Lincoln.”   This letter was written just five weeks before Lincoln was assassinated.

So really, having read all of this, being on my own for Father’s Day didn’t seem so bad at all. In fact, after I read Lincoln’s tales I realized just how fortunate I am.  I am even more excited to spend next weekend with my kids!

Improving Harrisburg Fitness

walking-school-busSince I am trying to not only get myself fit, but also my kids, I was delighted to read about the grants being given to improve the overall levels of Harrisburg fitness.  While of course the schools’ program won’t affect my kids (since they go to schools by their mom’s), the community-based groups initiatives do have the potential to help them reach higher levels of fitness when they come on weekends.

This initiative was established by the Department of Health in the region and the Penn State Hershey PRO Wellness Center.  The idea was to give community groups funds for sporting activities to enhance overall Harrisburg fitness.   The long-term goal is to encourage all students – even those with disabilities – to walk or cycle to school and other activities.

I totally agree with the statement made by Michael Wolf, Secretary of Health on enhancing Harrisburg fitness.  He said, “the administration’s goal of a healthier Pennsylvania starts with our children.  While we encourage all Pennsylvanians to be more physically active, we know the importance of instilling healthy habits in our children, as they are more likely to become healthy adults.”  Close to $90,000 is being put into this program.  I think it’s wonderful.