Friday 9 December 2016

The Good Father's advice a comfort amid lonely times

Published 05/10/2015 | 02:30

Billy Keane. Photo by Ann McNamee
Billy Keane. Photo by Ann McNamee

My friend's dad died about two years ago. He never had any training in psychology but he knew instinctively how to bring the best out of people, as Good Fathers do.

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My friend had been spending a lot of time on his own and was lonely for company. The Good Father was a farmer and he too spent time on his own as that's the nature of farm work. There was no money to bring in help and the family had left to make their own way.

The Good Father was never short of company. There were times when he would lie down on the fields and listen to the earth. The scent and touch of the land and his intimate relationship with the soil of his own place and his own people were company enough.

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