Respect for Parents Day is here and, just our luck, the eagerly anticipated resolution of the debt ceiling crisis gets top billing. For the record, here is Marilyn Dalrymple’s proclamation, which I will ask her to rename International Respect for Parents Day:


Whereas self-trust is a necessary quality for parents who raise and guide children, and “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he,” Respect for Parents Day will reinforce the worth of parents to themselves and to the citizens of our country; and

Whereas the qualities of competence, worthiness and belonging empower parents, citizens of our country can foster empowerment of parents by acknowledging the virtues of competence, worth and feelings of belonging by recognizing Respect for Parents Day; and

Whereas the knowledge that all citizens within a community are responsible for the moral fiber of that community, and in a sense are parents in that community, celebration of Respect for Parents Day honors all within that community; and

Whereas people believe that which they are told about themselves, the recognition of Respect for Parents Day will fortify parents’ belief that they fulfill valuable and necessary roles in our society and will enhance their abilities in that role; and

Whereas the Greek dramatist and great tragic poet of Athens, Aeschylus, believed “Reverence for parents stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness:  the citizenry of this country also acknowledges this fact and proclaims the first day of August, each year to be “Respect for Parents Day.”

Marilyn Anita Dalrymple