At the Fly Tying Love Center, also known as Marvin and Marjorie
Pincus' house, it was a time for toast and coffee. They don't put as
much butter or jelly on the toast as they used to -- for health's
sake, you know -- but somehow if you're together at the kitchen
table, looking out on a fresh new world embracing summer, it doesn't
"Marvin," Marjorie said, "this is Father's Day. Happy
He smiled. "Thanks, Hon, but unless you've forgotten, we never
had any kids."
"You would've been a great dad, though, Marvin. A great dad. You
care so much about others. And, hey, look at the advice you've given
people, huh? That's right. And that's something a dad does."
"And we managed to bypass diapers and tantrums and homework and
boyfriends coming over that we couldn't stand, right?"
Marjorie laughed. "And we can spend as much time around kids as
we want to, and send them home any time we like."
"Amen to that," Marvin said.
The fertilizer king, Dewey Decker, pulled up to the curb outside
and parked. He went around and opened the door for Emily Stickles,
the county lady with the incredible cheekbones and Dewey's heart.
They were invited in and coffeed.
"Just Marvin, Emily."
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"Marvin? I owe you an apology for trying to shut down your
counseling business. Without that, Dewey and I might not have found
Dewey stepped forward. "This is for you, Marvin. Happy Father's
Marvin took the card, but had a hard time seeing it somehow, so
he handed it to Marjorie for now.
Just as Dewey and Emily left, two horses stopped outside, and
Randy Jones and Katie Burchell walked hand in hand toward the front
door, carrying a card.
"Happy Father's Day, Sweetheart," Marjorie whispered in her
[Text from file received from Slim Randles]
Need a good book for dad on Father's Day?
Check out www.slimrandles.com.
email Friday, Slim Randles reported that his "little cowboy advice
book" won first place in the "Inspirational" category in the
National Federation of Press Women’s national competition.
"Smallest book I ever wrote," he says. "Maybe they're trying to tell
me something. If I quit writing altogether, could the Nobel Prize
for literature be far behind? Fun, anyway, and now I'll have to buy
a larger hat!"
"A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up
Right" is available through his link above.