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THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2011, 11:14 A.M.

Sighing and praying

So what do you do after reading in the morning paper about a father throwing his young son into some cacti and driving off, abandoning the little boy?

Me, I tried hard to think about something I saw last night.

The preschool boy across the street was running around with a towel draped from his shoulders. Clearly it was intended to serve as a cape. He also had on some sort of headgear that I can only assume is much like what the superheroes are wearing these days.

He and his dad tossed a ball back and forth. Well, at least they were trying to do that. The little boy is just learning about throwing. And catching will come a bit later.

But the dad could not have been more patient. And when the lad did manage a reasonable toss, his father showed his approval in a demonstrative way.

Other than the cape, this was a pretty standard scene over there. Those two spend a lot of time together.

I wish cactus boy had a dad like that. I wish every child did.




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