In honor of yesterday being Father’s Day, I’ve been thinking about all the wonderful fathers I have in my life, both those I was born with and those I have collected over the years. It’s funny the things that become memories, and so many times it’s those things that you didn’t intend to leave lasting impressions. Here are just a few of the lessons and memories I’ve stored away:
My actual father:
- Don’t tell your child that eggs over-easy are “Buzzard Puss.” That child might scream those words to an entire crowd at Denny’s one day and embarrass you to death.
- Teach your child to shave with a plastic spoon and a handful of shaving cream – even if that child is a girl. Also, let her put the shaving cream on your face, even if that means having shaving cream in your hair and up your nose. She’ll never forget it.
- Let your kids sit in your lap and “drive.”
- Go camping in the driveway.
- Tell the truth. Keep your word. Work hard.
- You don’t need things that just gather dust.
- “If you’re 10 minutes early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.”
- How to play foosball, pool, darts and ping-pong
- How to make the perfect waffle
- “Why does your tiny hand need so much soap, but my big hand only needs a few drops?”
- You don’t need a whole lot of words to say important things.
- Most things are a lot simpler than we think they are.
- Get to the point. When someone says they have to get off the phone, let them get off the phone. Don’t say goodbye 15 times.
- You can get a lot of things done without technology.
- Slow and steady wins the race.
- The Piggly-Wiggly is really called the “Hoggly-Woggly.”
- Don’t poke the fish if you don’t want it to slice your hand open.
- Mistletoe grows in trees.
- Sometimes people just need to talk. Just smile and nod, even if you don’t completely understand, and often that’s the best response.
- Don’t forget about caregivers. They need love and support too.
- Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it.
- “Noodling” is a real thing and people do it for fun.
- Live bees can be transported in a moving vehicle.
- Dessert is a food group.
- Not all spiders are going to kill me.
- You can get a hummingbird to sit in your hand if you wait long enough.
- Velociraptors could be anywhere.
- Daddies make the best “baby burritos.”