Sunday, June 20th, was Father’s Day in the US, Canada and UK, a day to celebrate our fathers. In honor of this day, I want to talk about my dad. He's an energetic, happy-go-lucky, goofy baby boomer, and I wouldn't have him be different in any way. I'm very much like my dad, only dialed down a few notches. I also inherited his curls, a dimple and duck feet. But probably most importantly, I've inherited the benefit of his knowledge throughout the course of my life.
I think a dad’s role is to teach their children, although not all the lessons are serious. We must have some fun in life, after all. Some of the best advice I received regarding work was, “When The Man starts swinging his sword, stay low”. (The Man. LOL. I did mention he was a child of the sixties. And he is The Man.) Not long after my dad doled out this advice, which I heeded, my employer terminated a string of employees who didn't know to duck, so he knew what he was saying.
His funniest advice had to do with my writing career. “You have to keep writing different things to be a writer. If you keep writing the same stories, people won’t like that.” I told him I have many ideas and reassured him that, yes, I do write them all down in a notebook.
Of course, I’ve learned just as much from how he has chosen to play throughout the years as by what he has said. Here are some of my favorite lessons:
(1) Little kids are easy to fool into retrieving things for you. If they tell you to get it yourself, just tell them, “I can’t. I have a bone in my leg.” Works every time.
(2) It is perfectly acceptable to howl at the moon when you’re at the lake as long as you’re having fun.
(3) Burping should really be an Olympic sport.
(4) One can master the skill of referring to oneself in the third person throughout an entire conversation. Even Samantha Grace can do it if she really concentrates.
(5) “Are we having fun yet?” is an appropriate conversation filler for any occasion.
(6) Aging is unavoidable, but growing up is optional.
(7) Think for yourself!
(8) Life is meant to be lived to the fullest, so seize the day.
What lessons have you learned from your dad?