As a matter of fact, I didn't meet my dad until I was 9 years old, although he knew me as an infant and was my godfather (another story, another time). My parents divorced when I was small, and I only saw my real father occasionally. I was happy when my mom married this nice man who moved us from Oakland to Los Angeles, where he had a TV repair shop off LaBrea.
He was my dad from day one and never treated me as anything but his child. I appreciate everything he did for me...the time he invested in me, and the things he tried to teach me. Some I listened to...some I didn't, but I can now admit...he was right about everything! Read on....
10 Things Dad Taught Me (that I listened to)
- Always keep your car in working order.
- Take the time to set the table before you eat.
- 2 or 3 good friends are better than 20 phony ones.
- Never date a guy who won't meet your family.
- If you invite someone to your house, have food.
- Show up at family get-togethers, even if it's for a little while.
- Your mom may not always make sense to you, but respect her anyway--she's still your mom.
- Always have your OWN money.
- Let your children know they are loved.
- Marry a guy who respects and adores you.
10 Things Dad Taught Me (that I WISH I had listened to)
|Dad circa 1968.|
- You don't need more than 1 or 2 credit cards.
- A phone call should never take over 20 minutes.
- Always have carfare (or airfare) to get home.
- Don't change jobs just for more money.
- Check the expiration dates on your food items.
- You can't do everything at once, prioritize.
- You will wear yourself out if you burn the candle at both ends.
- Worry never solves anything.
- When you cook, fix enough for more than 1 day.
- Take the time to read directions.
Thanks Dad. Miss you.