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Sons Love Their Fathers First

In the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven, author Mitch Albom tells the story of Eddie, a maintenance worker at a seaside carnival. After Eddie's death, he journeys through heaven, and as he sees his father, the memories of a painful relationship come flooding back. Albom describes the effects of fathers on their sons.

All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.
The hands on Eddie's childhood glass then were hard and calloused and red with anger, and he went through his younger years whacked, lashed, and beaten. This was the second damage done, the one after neglect. The damage of violence. It got so that Eddie could tell by the thump of the footsteps coming down the hall how hard he was going to get it.
Through it all, despite it all, Eddie privately adored his old man, because sons will adore their fathers through even the worst behavior. It is how they learn devotion. Before he can devote himself to God or a woman, a boy will devote himself to his father, even foolishly, even beyond explanation.

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