Our writers have experienced many shades of fatherly love—conditional, unconditional, warmly comforting, wintry, authoritarian, nurturing, judgmental. For Father’s Day—this Sunday, June 17—we present these varied memories, which, the authors acknowledge, are tempered by the mature understanding (and sometimes empathy) that their life experience has brought them.

WHAT I MISS MOST ON FATHER’S DAY
By Frances Archer | June 18, 2011

We can’t predict what will remind us most of a parent who has died, what one thing will trigger an awareness of his or her absence in our lives. Two years after my father’s death, I still can’t watch a baseball game. READ MORE

THE FATHER WHO CAME BACK FROM WWII
By Patricia Yarberry Allen | June 19, 2011

When my father was dying, I never went home. I never said, “Let’s make this better before…

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