Fathers taught us many things. It’s part of their job.
My Dad had a few things he passed on to me while I was growing up. One of the most important lessons that rules my life, especially my work ethic, was, “If you’re not early, you’re late”.
Other lessons he passed on to me were car related:
– Always keep half a tank of gas in your car during the coldest part of winter
– To save your brakes, gear down when slowing
– Change your oil on time
Then there was one lesson that always made us kids laugh when getting together to talk of old times. I was doing something on my bicycle and was tightening a screw. Dad saw me and said, “Don’t reef on it!”. I know what he meant (don’t tighten it so hard that you strip the screw), but we have no idea where that phrase came from.
Of course, there were many lessons I learned just by watching his life:
– Always do what is right and give more than you think you can
– Protect the helpless, especially children and animals
– Love your family, even when they are not perfect
– Do your job honestly, even when they call you on Christmas day just before the turkey dinner is served when there is a snow storm and you are a snow plow driver.
Thank you, Dad. Now, in Heaven, Mom is serving you hot turkey dinners without interruption.
Would you like to share with us the lessons you learned from your father?