November 28, 2011

what i've learned from... my father.

Be comfortable. Rock flannel. Wear aviators.

Save! And if you choose to spend, put the money toward a lifelong memory, an experience you'll remember forever: the Superbowl, the Olympics, a Bon Jovi concert, a ten-day trip to Kauai, or maybe a weekend full of Broadway plays with your daughter.

Fill up the tank when it's a quarter full. (Half full during a Chicago winter.)

Don't get an updo. He asked you out because he likes how you look every day, and chances are the updo will end up looking hard and weird and he'll secretly wish your hair was down.

Work hard and work efficiently. Get to the office early, don't get distracted, and don't leave just because the clock reaches five; leave when the work is done.

Coach your kids and never miss a game. Tell them you're proud, but also tell them how to improve.

Learn to anticipate, both on the field and off.

If what you really want off the menu is the giant brownie sundae, order it for your meal. And if you couldn't decide between the sundae or the key lime pie, order the pie for dessert.
Tip well and Stand. Up. Straight.

Be curious. Ask questions. Find out as much about the people around you as you possibly can. In learning about them, you'll learn something about yourself--and about life--too.

The Best? John Wayne, Sinatra, and Elvis... The Worst? Nicolas Cage.

Have nicknames for your kids. Hearing them will make their hearts swell someday.

Go to the movies whenever you can. Buy popcorn. Make it a double feature.

Read the newspaper--actually, read all of them. Cover to cover. Even the sections that don't quite interest you, because knowledge is what makes you interesting.

Learn foreign languages. Play instruments. Master them if you can.

Live up to your name (literally) and give, give, give. To your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your coworkers, yes, but also to your dentist's wife's sister's cousin. Give from your heart, and without expecting anything in return.

Laugh loudly and without inhibition--even if you've reached that high pitch giggle stage.

Make time for things you enjoy--like, say, golf--and share that time with the people you care about. Shell out for an extra player and let your daughter ride in the golf cart just because you love her company--and because you know she loves the sunshine.

Live in California. If you buy a house, make sure it has a three-car garage.

And when your kids leave the house, say, "Be Smart. Make Good Choices." It will become a a mantra of sorts that sticks with them years after they've moved out--years after they've created a life of their own, a life that's guided almost entirely by the advice you shared over the years.

17 comments:

Alli said... [Reply to comment]

This is beautiful. I'm glad you have a loving and supporting dad. I hope to take some of these ideas with me too. Hope you're having a lovely Monday morning!

RetreatingAndAdvancing said... [Reply to comment]

Cutest post ever!

Ariel said... [Reply to comment]

I absolutely love this!

Monica820 said... [Reply to comment]

awh..i feel like i have learned a lot from your dad as well. hehe. :)

Nicole Marie said... [Reply to comment]

this is the sweetest post ever. my dad also allllwwaayyysss says "'make good choices" and now i always say that to my roommates when they leave the house. and as a joke i say it to my dad when he leaves the house haha

♥Abby said... [Reply to comment]

Your father is a smart man. This made my day! :)

♥Abby

Laura Marie said... [Reply to comment]

@Nicole Marie Haha I say it to my dad too!

Ashley R said... [Reply to comment]

This is the sweetest post! Your dad is a very smart man :)

*D* said... [Reply to comment]

such a smart man! dads always have the best advice.

Gabriela said... [Reply to comment]

I congrat both of you, him for such intelligent teachings and you for larning and apreciate them so well and so much. Love...

~BB~ said... [Reply to comment]

wow - great post. I love, love, love this. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man. Wise advice.

Liz said... [Reply to comment]

I love this! You are so lucky to have a great dad!

brlracincwgrl said... [Reply to comment]

I love this! I love the "Knowledge makes YOU interesting". So true!

annelise said... [Reply to comment]

This is a really, really lovely post. Seems like your father has passed down some invaluable advice over the years.

Great dads are the best!

Caiti said... [Reply to comment]

This is awesome. You are one lucky girl to have such a great man in your life!

Aimee, Danny, Nya, Teyo said... [Reply to comment]

I love your dad! This is so HIM. So much wisdom here...I will remember every bit.

jimmylou said... [Reply to comment]

this is beautiful!