I was awakened by the sound of my name, whispered twice. "Suzie." I lifted my head from the pillow and opened my eyes to see a man framed by the doorway, thin white hair, slightly bent forward in pajamas. The morning light streamed in from behind him. He was holding something in one hand.
"Dad?" I whispered back. "I brought you some coffee," he said. He set down a mug on the bedside table in the summer cottage, and left without another word.
I am the daughter of a good man. Not a master of the universe, a baron or a statesman. A man who worked hard and seemed to hold only the most ordinary of ambitions: the happiness of his family. He is not celebrated by the masses. History books won't remember him. Pundits don't seek his opinion on issues of importance. But he is my Dad, and he's a good man.
In the past months there's been a lot of attention given to the failings of men, the reckless collisions with their desires and compulsions. Those we consider "great men" often seem to believe too much in their claim to that glory, risking what is precious for the spike of a thrill. These "great" men can appear like meteors, flaming bright and crashing hard.
But it's the good men who hold us all together.