Saturday, June 15, 2013

Things I learned from my father

In honor of Father's Day tomorrow, some things I learned from my father.

  1. Parental love is largely unrequited. Parents ALWAYS love their children more than those children will love them back. 
  2. Peanut butter is a daily staple (often just a bite off the end of a knife!).
  3. "Don't pay us back, pay for your children. It's our job to take care of you and will be your job to take care of them."
  4. The best hiker hikes at the back.
  5. How to do back hand stands/flips (ie, the picture and multiple nights on our living room floor!).
  6. Always do more than your fair share.
  7. A corollary is that marriage is NOT a 50-50 proposition. You just give your all, and leave the other person to give what they can.
  8. There are no such thing as 'odds' in medicine. You'll either be healed or you won't.
  9. "Crud" (which the worst word he ever said) meant he was REALLY, REALLY mad.
  10. It never hurts to say you're sorry, even if you don't believe you're in the wrong. 
  11. If you're not willing to do something, you shouldn't expect anyone else to either (in my case, this usually related to housework).
  12. Doing your best is more important than being the best.
  13. Leave a place better than you found it.

That's 13. One of the last thing he teased me about was that I didn't know my 'thirteens.' (13 times tables). I still don't but these 13 things represent a lifetime of things he taught my siblings and me that have made us who we are. 

Happy Father's Day in God's throne-room, Daddy.
I love and miss you.
See you in the morning...
of eternity,

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