To all the great dads out there – try to kick back and relax a little today. Do what makes you happy. Grill something. Drill something. Hit some golf balls. Catch some fish. Take a nap. Eat some bacon. Hug your kids. Whatever it is, enjoy your day!
Whether he knew he was teaching them or not, my own Dad has instilled in me plenty of lessons about living, and today, I’ll leave just a few of them with you:
1. Life is not fair. – No explanation necessary. He was the first to speak it to me, and it’s nothing but true.
2. Never assume. It just makes and ass out of you and me. – Can you see it? It’s right there in the word: Ass-u-me. And it’s true. How many mistakes and humiliating moments are borne of assumption??
3. A dinner of popcorn and grapes is sometimes perfectly acceptable.
4. Think before you speak. We are ponderers, me and my dad. It’s a trait I happen to really appreciate. My own personal opinion is that it saves us from plenty of embarrassing moments, allows us to cool down, and keeps us a little more even keel when it comes to sticky situations.
5. Some jobs are best done with either: a) and ice-cold beer in one hand, or b) one hand in your pocket. And if you’re in the mood, you can really kick it up a notch by whistling too.
6. Some days, blasting the music really, really loud in your car can make the whole wold feel like a better place.
7. Writing is personal – Although there are plenty of rules to writing, ultimately, once you understand them, it’s about your own particular style.
8. Follow through on the rules you set. If you say it, mean it.
9. Help others
10. Live generously.
Dads are full of wisdom – what’s one of your favorite things your dad taught you?