Weatherford Democrat

Aledo ExtrA

June 11, 2014

Letter to the Editor

Honoring a good dad

WEATHERFORD — Dear Editor:

I’m writing to honor Jim Parsons on Father’s Day. He’s a good dad. This was evident to me recently. I’d gone early that morning to fetch Jim’s older sons to work in my yard. Jim greeted me, bleary-eyed. The baby had been wakeful all night. He and his wife had taken turns tending to her.

He wished he could take all night shifts with the baby and let his wife sleep. He was grieved that he couldn’t. But I understood why he couldn’t. Him has to work. The Parsons have eight children.

Not slipshod about parenting, Jim puts lots of effort into it. He gives big chunks of himself to his kids every day. He puts God and family first. The Parsons are in church several times a week.

Apparently Jim isn’t sleeping during the sermons. His unselfishness is apparent to me. Recently his birthday was coming up, and he wanted to take his four sons camping. It was his birthday but he wanted to treat his boys.

Mundane details about his children are monumental to Jim. For instance, one recent sunny day, the Parson boys were working in my yard, and Jim called, asking me to remind his sons to use their sunscreen.

I remember when my husband and I were expecting our first child. We were foot loose and fancy free as a married couple, until our baby girl was born.

I remember holding her in my arms for the first time. She looked up at me, totally needy, totally dependent on me, and I realized she would be my constant companion for years to come.

In the whole of my young life, I had only held one or two babies. Suddenly, I had one! And I was terrified. But after time passed, my diapered responsibility became the apple of my eye.

Jim Parsons has weathered eight diapered responsibilities, and it seems to me, each of them is the apple of his eye. Fathers, like Jim, don’t grow on every tree.

Sincerely,

Barbara Pickard,

Aledo

 

1
Text Only
Aledo ExtrA
  • 0729 one purple heart group.jpg A Purple Heart County

    County Judge Mark Riley and Parker County commissioners proclaimed Parker County to be a “Purple Heart County” Monday, honoring local veterans and their families in a special ceremony held in the second floor courtroom of the historic courthouse. 

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • 0725 one arson.JPG Suspicious house fire under investigation

    The Weatherford fire marshal says a fire that damaged a house and killed two puppies Wednesday night is being investigated as a suspicious fire and a suspect is in jail on unrelated charges.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • CPS data.jpg Case overload

    Parker County Attorney John Forrest will ask county commissioners for additional funds as county budget discussions begin this year; he hopes to hire another attorney to help with an increase in Child Protective Services cases.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Richard Adams Sr. Firefighter arrested on child sex assault charges

    A volunteer Hudson Oaks firefighter is in the Parker County Jail on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted two young relatives over a several year period. 

    Richard Frederick Adams Sr., 62, arrested Monday, faces two charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, a first-degree felony.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Developer withdraws site plan

    ANNETTA —A controversial 34-home subdivision proposed for a 41-acre tract on Duncan Road will not go forward as planned, according to action taken by both the proposed developer and the Annetta Town Council after a public hearing Thursday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • Aledo City Council to meet July 24

    The Aledo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Aledo Community Center, 104 Robinson Court, Aledo.

    July 22, 2014

  • oak leaf ladder shot.jpg Fires damage business, home

    Two separate fires around 2 p.m. July 15 damaged a Willow Park business and destroyed the home of a Weatherford family.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Letter to the Editor

    Dear Editor,
     Thursday night, July 17, I was present for a surprisingly interesting experience when State Representative candidate Matthew Britt addressed a small group of supporters, followed by a question and answer session.

    July 22, 2014

  • ESD 1, Annetta South close on fire station site

    Parker County Emergency Services District No. 1 and Annetta South officials said Tuesday that the ESD is homing in on a site for a new fire station to serve residents in the Annettas and surrounding areas. Annetta South is expected to consider a zoning change to accommodate a new station next month.

    July 22, 2014

  • Registration has begun for Aledo ISD

    Aledo ISD enrollment for the 2014-15 school year began yesterday, July 21, and students new to the district need to register before school begins, Monday, Aug. 25.

    July 22, 2014

Must Read
House Ads
Top News
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US