He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
- Clarence Budington Kelland
Father's Day is this Sunday - time to turn our attentions to Dad. Most of us will send him a tie or a card (or in the case of our Green Editor, Dave Burdick, a Nature Mill), or perhaps pay him a visit and take him out to dinner.
But to honor our fathers, we should dig deeper. What lessons did he teach? How did he shape us?
My dad was a boy scout, which is why I know how to tell the difference between a red and a white oak. He was a history teacher, so he spent numerous weekends dragging my sisters and I to various historical sites, and lecturing us along the way. He love to refurbish antiques, so I've seen huge collections of repaired wooden boxes, scrimshaw and deguerrotypes from the Civil War. These are small things, but when I find myself enjoying being outside, seeing an old building, or browsing in an antique shop, I suspect my dad may have played a part in it.
What about your fathers? Tell us your stories. Just fill out the form below and we'll feature some of the best stories on Father's Day.