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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 4 (July 1, 1935.)

Mum's the Word

Mum's the Word.

Only a father! Yes, my child,
Only a father, weak or wild,
Only a father it is true,
Who boards in the house with mum and you.

It must seem to the wise child unversed in the weird ways of the world that “dad may come and dad may go but mum goes on for ever.” Motherhood is a full-time job but fatherhood also has its responsibilities. And yet, how is it that fathers seem to get so little good advice on a job they do so badly, while mothers, who know their maternal alphabet from “ache” to “zip,” are honoured by tons of advisory tomes?