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

The Sons of the Fathers

The Sons of the Fathers.

But what is a good father? We know, of course, that a good husband is what his wife makes him, or what he makes his wife think she has made him—according to which one happens to be having the say; but the only judges of a good father are the ones who made him a father. He may intend to be a good father; he may page 61 have a heart of gold beneath a voice of brass, a hand of iron, a head of lead, and chromium-plated braces; he may conceal a jewel of fatherhood among his psychological treasures; but whatever he is, be sure his sons will find him out; his daughters will just know by feminine intuition.

He may be a big noise in the market place, but a dumbell in the nursery. For it takes a good man to measure up to Mickey Mouse, Jack the Giant Killer, or Sinbad the Sailor in the infant estimation.