The Father I Want to Be


I have to thank Jack for this one.

Read the following story by Rick Rielly and if you aren’t moved by the actions of Dick Hoyt your pretty cold if not dead.

Be Inspired by The Strongest Dad in the World
By: Rick Reilly

I try to be a good father. Give my kids mulligans. Work nights to pay for their text messaging. Take them to swimsuit shoots. But compared with Dick Hoyt, I suck.

Eighty-five times he’s pushed his disabled son, Rick, 26.2 miles in marathons. Eight times he’s not only pushed him 26.2 miles in a wheelchair but also towed him 2.4 miles in a dinghy while swimming and pedaled him 112 miles in a seat on the handlebars–all in the same day.

Dick’s also pulled him cross-country skiing, taken him on his back mountain climbing and once hauled him across the U.S. on a bike. Makes taking your son bowling look a little lame, right?

And what has Rick done for his father? Not much–except save his life.

– Read the whole story by clicking on the title.

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2 thoughts on “The Father I Want to Be

  1. Grand post, Bill. Truly inspiring and gut-wrenching! If only more of us fathers could match up to this standard, what an impact we could make on our homes and communities.

    Thanks for the post.

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