Father’s Day, 2020

June 18, 2017


Happy Father’s Day! Today we have a special Father’s Day guest appearance by the creepy dead Grandfather from Family Circus! It’s an old story, but perhaps you haven’t heard it. When Bil Keane’s comic feature Family Circus was being prepared for launch by King Features Syndicate, back when Hector was a pup, the name was to be “Family Circle.” Note the familiar circle within a square that is a hallmark of the venerable comic panel. However, the folks at the then-popular women’s magazine Family Circle objected, so the name was changed. By the way, Family Circus, the comic feature, still is with us; Family Circle, the magazine, is not.


16 thoughts on “Father’s Day, 2020”

  1. JJ- Thanks for the Fathers Day present. And Happy Fathers Day to all the Dads out there and remembering the ones who have passed.

  2. Likely will be one card in tomorrow’s mail. Love the other two kids just as much. Should we recognize the benign guy w/o the drink & smoke? Peace,

  3. I might have shared this before. I wrote this for my dad’s funeral.

    The Father’s Hands
    The hands cradle the newborn babe for the first time, and the man becomes a father.
    The father’s hands hold the boy’s tiny hands as he takes his first trembling steps, and the father smiles with pride and joy as his son smiles up at him.
    The father’s hands scoop up the boy after he has fallen and smooth away the tears.
    The father’s hands guide the boy as he prepares to solo on his bike for the first time. Although they want to hold on forever, they still let go so that the boy can take the first step of going away.
    The father’s hands give the car keys to the boy, and the father wonders how his baby grew up overnight.
    The father’s hands grow old but are never too tired to help his son.
    The father’s hands now are still, but they will always cradle his son, guiding him, protecting him, loving him eternally.

  4. I might have shared this before. I wrote it for my dad’s funeral.

    The Father’s Hands
    The hands cradle the newborn babe for the first time, and the man becomes a father.
    The father’s hands hold the boy’s tiny hands as he takes his first trembling steps, and the father smiles with pride and joy as his son smiles up at him.
    The father’s hands scoop up the boy after he has fallen and smooth away the tears.
    The father’s hands guide the boy as he prepares to solo on his bike for the first time. Although they want to hold on forever, they still let go so that the boy can take the first step of going away.
    The father’s hands give the car keys to the boy, and the father wonders how his baby grew up overnight.
    The father’s hands grow old but are never too tired to help his son.
    The father’s hands now are still, but they will always cradle his son, guiding him, protecting him, loving him eternally.

  5. When you go to the “Dark Side” you see a lot of criticism of Family Circus. However with 7 kids in our family, it was my mother’s favorite. Although my Mom always wondered how Thel looked so thin, but she remembered when we were very small and she was much younger, she was as thin.

  6. My daughter – who is 50+ – said the sweetest thing yesterday. We were chatting, about nothing really, and she said, “Happy Father’s Day, Mom.” I looked at her questioningly. “Face it Mom. You were both mother and father to us. You were always there, supporting us in every way.”

    I have to admit… I got a little teary-eyed. It means the world when your kid realizes – and acknowledges – what you went through during those years. I am blessed.

  7. Well, if that don’t beat all, as we used to say. I didn’t know FC wasn’t being published any more. Honestly, their quality of articles the last time I bought one was so bad I just quit buying them anymore. I think the only ones I do buy now are BHG and Martha Stewart. Makes me sad as I remember reading FC back when it was 15 cents an issue, and I don’t think I had graduated high school yet. So many magazines have lowered their standards that they just aren’t interesting to many people. When you can find a tutorial on youtube for anything or look up anything on the internet it’s not hard to see why, unfortunately. I learned a great deal from magazines over the years and still enjoy reading them. I hate paying almost 10 bucks for my favorite one, but it’s a niche one for sewing and I love their articles and photos. We won’t mention the fall of many newspapers, they are just too political for me anymore to even read on the internet. Except the funnies, of course, and those I go to the main site for!!

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