Parents have the responsibility to hone their children into becoming good and responsible members of society. Although they may be more popular than other fathers, this is also true for celebrity dads.
Albert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, and even renowned author F. Scott Fitzgerald— these men have immense contributions not only societal development but also to their children’s lives.
Here are some of the lessons you could have learned if one of them were your father based on wise words they left for their children to live by:
At the age of thirty-six, Albert Einstein was estranged from his first wife, Mileva. As a divorcee living in Berlin, the man who we now call the “Father of Relativity” had a bit of a trouble connecting with his family because of his focus on his scientific studies.
In fact, a report from Baltimore Sun revealed evidence that Einstein wasn’t very close to his sons, Hans and Eduard “Tete” Einstein.
At one point, the outlet cited an assistant for Hans— who then made a name for himself in flood control— about how the elder Einstein child didn’t speak much of his family nor his incredibly famous dad. Hans himself once admitted that the repeated query about his relationship to Albert Einstein became torture.
Digging deeper, it was revealed that the Father of Relativity was allegedly a womanizer who cheated on both his first and second wives, with the latter being his cousin.
Amid the unverified rumors, it was also revealed that Einstein indeed tried to connect with his sons, particularly Hans Albert.
In his letter, he expressed his bliss for the letter he received from Hans and recommended that they spend at least one full month together annually the young Einstein would know that he has a father who loves him.
He also promised to explain one of his life’s “most beautiful works” when Hans is older. The letter was dated the same year when his theory of general relativity became his stepping stone to popularity.
It was in this letter that Einstein advised his first-born to do something that “pleases you the most,” enjoying it so much to the point of not noticing how time passes by. Although this may be the reason for his separation from his wife, Einstein’s motto for his life’s work bore good fruit for humanity, something that he seemed to have wanted his son to understand in his letter.
Charlie Chaplin is known as a “tyrannical” actor who was also considered a “serial seducer of teenage girls.” Even so, his son, Eugene Chaplin revealed that he is also a devoted family man, in an interview with Telegraph UK.
Eugene said that his dad was strict because he was afraid that his children “would miss out on education” because of his own difficulties when was young. Although Eugene hated studying, he lovingly recalled one lesson his father taught him: “Whatever you do, do it well. Don’t do it half-heartedly.”
At the time, Charlie Chaplin cared less if Eugene became a brain surgeon or a street sweeper— he only wanted his son to do his best.
On top of that, Eugene also demystified his father’s reputation about being a “seducer of teenagers.” Although it was true that his wives were all teenagers when they came together, Charlie Chaplin’s son revealed that his mother was the love of his father’s life. There even came a point when his older sister, Jane felt that she was “intruding on their intimacy.”
But for Eugene, it was more like they were very affectionate with each other that they would always hold hands when they were together. He also revealed that, despite his busy schedule, Charlie Chaplin still dedicated time for his family.
Overall, Eugene believes that his father lived a fulfilling life not because of his fame and fortune but because of his devotion to his family.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Known for his best-selling novel-turned-movie “The Great Gatsby,” Francis Scott Fitzgerald was also an admirable father. As an author, Fitzgerald had some interesting insight into happiness and misery, telling his daughter that both don’t happen in real life. What he did believe in were “rewards for virtue.”
Based on his letter to his daughter Frances “Scottie” Fitzgerald in 1933 which was also published in the book “F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Life in Letters,” there are certain things she should worry about and things that she shouldn’t.
Things to worry about:
- efficiency; and
He also said she should worry about the things not to worry about, including:
- popular opinion;
- the past and the future;
- growing up;
- anybody getting ahead of you;
- failure, unless it comes through your own fault;
- mosquitoes, flies, and insects in general;
- disappointments, pleasures, and satisfaction.
Before concluding his letter to Scottie, the renowned author also reminded her about defining her goals.
With all the noise we hear from other people, it would be a breath of fresh air to get some words of wisdom from dads who have unique and irreplaceable contributions to society. Lessons as valuable as they are rare, this is proof that fatherly advice is worth listening to.