When God Made Fathers...

He started with a tall frame, and an angel standing nearby said, "What kind  of father is that?  If you're going to make children so close to the ground,  why have you put fathers up so high?  He won't be able to shoot a marble  without bending or even kiss a child without a lot of stooping."

God smiled and said, "Yes, but if I make him child-sized, who would children have to look up to?"

The discussion continued with the large and sinewy hands for the father.  The angel saying they were clumsy and no good for diaper pins, small buttons, ponytail bands or even taking out splinters.

"I know, but they're large enough to hold everything a small boy empties from his pockets at the end of the day... yet small enough to cup a child's face in his hands," God responded.

The slim legs and broad shoulders caused the angel to caution that a child would fall without a wide lap to sit on.

God's comment:  "A mother needs a lap.  A father needs strong shoulders to pull a sled, balance a boy on a bicycle or hold a sleepyhead on the way home from the circus."

The large feet came next with the angel indignant that they were too large to get out of bed to respond to a baby's cries and would crunch young guests at a birthday party.  God's reply told of the solid foundation to help a child ride a horse, scare off mice or display the shoes which will be a challenge to fill.

Working through the night, God gave the father few words, but an authoritative voice; eyes to see everything while remaining calm and tolerant; and finally, He added tears.

Then He turned to the angel and said, "Now are you satisfied that he can love as much as a mother?"

"The angel shutteth up."