My Mom and I were talking about Dad. I happen to mention that Dad did believe and use physical punishment to the surprise of my mother. Yes my father did use his leather belt (for want of something else lying around) on my brother and me. I don’t remember the particulars but knowing my dad, it has something to do with treating other people right. Any way, my mother is surprised because physical punishment in the family is rare. As grand parents, my parents never used it. I guess not resorting to corporal punishment comes with maturity and evolving parental ideas.
We remember my dad for his gentle nature. His caring nature as a physician is attested by his patients in the community. After his death in 2003, folks in the community still mention him and remember him for visiting their homes when a family member is sick. Those were the days when doctors still make house calls.
So I pray for all fathers this day. May the love and the blessings of our Lord, Jesus Christ, come to you. Peace.