When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain

Research shows that fathers play an important role in the development and well-being of their children. 

Today is a day to honor our fathers. For most people this means making a phone call, sending a card, or getting a gift for dad. But what do you do when your father is no longer living?

An artist friend of mine, Kerri Rosenstein, has used her art as a way of working through the loss of her father. Her latest show, titled “father” opened at the Missoula Art Museum this month. For this show, Kerri collected a stone for every day of her father’s life, painted them a rose color, and painted “rosenstein,” meaning “rose stone,” in gold lettering on stones for each day of her life, so far. Visitors to the exhibition were encouraged to take a stone and bring it back out into the world.