Sunday, June 19, 2011

Lessons from Dad

The elusive single Ross's goose is quite shy (and likely lonely, having lost his flock somewhere along the line)

A Few Things I Learned from my dad:

1. When it's necessary, speak up, even if it creates conflict with others. Don't let things slide by, that shouldn't.

2. Be realistic and don't get caught unprepared.

3. Be honest in all your dealings, so you can live with yourself.

4. When it's not your business and you can't control the outcome anyway, keep your mouth shut. You can't run anyone else's life, no matter how much you care and can see that they are making mistakes.

5. When your heart is breaking and you'd rather crawl into a hole and stay there, get out of that bed, keep moving, and don't waste time feeling sorry for yourself. Do what has to be done, even if you're only going through the motions. At least this way you're more likely to come out okay on the other side, rather than with more or other problems.


Just talked to Dad. He is spending his day with his sweetheart, Grace, golfing and then barbecuing steaks for supper. And taking phone calls from his grateful and appreciative children and grandchildren. Sounds like a pretty nice Father's Day, to me!


  1. Great lessons from a great dad. : )
    There aren't that many truly good ones out there. Glad you got one.

  2. Your Dad is a very wise man, even in the way he chooses to celebrate his special day.

    Pamela Jo

  3. I adored my dad, but the only thing I can really recall in the way of advice was,"You don't have to marry a guy just because he makes you laugh"

  4. Kate

    Your Dad sounds fantastic. Lucky girl to have had a Mom and Dad who were so good as you did.

    Must be why we follow your blog intensely.

    I wish I thought my husband's children would speak so well of me.Coming in as second wife is a walking the tight wire.

    Happy June. Best, Claire

  5. Those are great words of wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

  6. AND ... he didn't preach any of this. He set an example.


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