From him I learned never to eat steak in a hamburger joint or hamburger in a steak joint, to close my vice at the end of the day, that a parking lot is the most dangerous place in the world and a Hawaiian shirt is the perfect thing for BBQ-ing a Mexican breakfast. That when things are especially crummy you should be very pleased because there’s nowhere to go but up and that the patio in a summer rain is a fine place to dance. It is never too late to learn another language. A library is probably your smartest friend.There’s a reason goulash takes so long to make and canned stew is NOT a substitute. Never say no to pie. And no matter how busy you are take time to sit down, to look, to wonder where that ant is coming from or where it’s going and if someone happens to sit down and join you don’t be afraid to ask them if they have any thoughts about that ant’s motivation. Think of a favourite place, paint a mural of it on a basement wall. Play the music you love so often that your kid, whether she likes it or not, will forever think of you when she hears it and will eventually play it herself so she can think of you loving it. Church is not always a building. Sparklers are the best fireworks. Ice cream in a cone should be eaten in a specific way to avoid dripping and you are not allowed to order vanilla if there are 389 flavours to choose from. It’s the brown and white cows that make butterscotch ripple. And, above all, do NOT be afraid to open a book even if it looks a little scary and especially if it’s an atlas… it will always surprise you by the places it takes you and you will grow up remembering a thousand evenings at the kitchen table turning those pages together…
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What we learn from our dads is better than any expensive education. Thanks!
Sometimes wacky, often useful, occasionally memorable!
Well said! Take time to appreciate the little things life has to offer. Lovely!
Always so good to read your short stories . Waiting for more .
Aw, thanks, DeeDee. I enjoy your stories too.
I would happily be a kid and go for a walk, hand-in-hand, with a man who wears those shoes.
(I don’t want to sound thick but what do you mean by closing a vice?)
I’ll bet your dad will know..
Wonderful! Such a pleasure to read and I love that photo!!
Nothing says ‘him’ more than those shoes.