Friday, June 12, 2009

Dangerous Dad Bonds

Again and again one hears, reads, is lectured that fathers bonding with their children is important. It may be more difficult for dads than moms, but that only makes it more urgent that men focus on the task at hand.

HOWEVER, don't think it can be done without the possibility of pain. KC's Gabriel Neal and son Christian were just out to build some ties and catch some fish when they were jointly struck by lightning. As frightening as that experience may have been, it doesn't come close to comparing to the pains and complications of "Crazy for the Storm: A Memoir of Survival," in which Norman Ollestad details how his dad started him in extreme sports as a baby in a backpack and how they went their separate ways when his father died crashing their plane in the mountains and leaving the 11-year-old to wander down alone.

More stories? Sure. So bond men. But carefully.

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