Article from: "The Greatest Gift a Father Can Give his Child" Photoplay, July 1966.
Don Adams Love is the only possible answer to that question. All that one can give a child is love and the wrapping paper of love: time, affection, understanding.
I cannot mold my daughter to my liking. I can teach her and play with her and laugh with her. I can share myself with her. I can share my time with her. I'm busy with my own work and my own pleasures. But from the unstretchable block of my time I must take a chunk--a big chunk--and give it to her. Because I can only give her time and love--her future is her own.
"Your children are not your children," says Gibran in 'The Prophet.' "They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. . . ."
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