In anticipation of father’s day I thought I’d post my top ten favorite lessons from my dad. I know, its completely random…but I couldn’t resist.
1. Family – it’s the #1 most important thing.
2. How to harvest earthworms in the middle of the night from the flower beds and garden…those are the best kind for fishing.
3. How to kill slugs in the garden with beer (they get all white and slimy, gross, but it’s kinda cool). Just think of what the beer must be doing to your stomach…ewww…
4. The importance of saving money…that’s where our allowances went, into our savings accounts first, then we took out a few dollars for ourselves. The concept of ‘paying yourself first’… I think my dad came up with it.
5. How to roast a turkey. Actually did this with dad (and mom) this past Christmas…
6. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Its like an anthem for recycling (before it was the thing to do).
7. Pets are mandatory in every household. We welcomed several rabbits, fish, gerbils, iguanas, chameleons, and cats into our home – we took care of a dog once, but they tend to ruin the lawn. Animals seem to soften us as human beings.
8. Life gets hard – deal with it, you’ll survive, stop whining about it…(He was a fan of the “I used to walk 5/10/15 miles to school, in the snow and in my bare feet/light jacket/3rd hand holey shoes, you can walk to the bus stop and go shopping next week/month..” philosophy.). Harsh, yes, but an important thing to learn and accept.
9. Cable tv is not an essential need for our existence. HBO was new when I was a kid, and costly, so we had if for a bit and then canceled it. I currently do not have cable (therefore no channels to speak of) and am quite happy without it.
10. Those ‘papa bear’ protective instincts that every father has – they last for life.
What is your favorite life lesson from your dad?