Y’all have to excuse my posts dedicated to Daddy this week. Well, it is Father’s Day this weekend, so that’s part of my excuse. However, my Daddy is in my head this week every year, because it’s the anniversary of his death back in 1994.
Now, I’m not all maudlin about it, but I do miss my Daddy. This week, I pulled out a box of fragile love letters that he wrote to my Momma when he was overseas in World War II. I saw a man that I didn’t know when I was growing up. A romantic man with all kinds of big dreams for the future. That was before the reality of having four children!
My Daddy was a ring-tailed-tooter. He lived life hard and fast. He was funny, and he was smart. If you didn’t play Wordless Wednesday, you can see more pictures of him here. He was a charming creature, my Daddy. At least, he was when he wanted to be. Fortunately, that was most of the time.
Daddy could do just about anything he tried, but he always regretted that he didn’t get to finish school. He had to go to war instead. He might not have had book learning, but he had common sense. He always had words of advice, so let me tell you thirteen
Things My Daddy Told Me
1) Look people in the eye when you talk to them. [This was probably one of the most important things he taught me, as “eye contact” is essential to my job as a storyteller.]
2) Gal, you do as I say and not as I do![Daddy always was a little bit of a rascal.]
3) If you aim to start something, then finish it. [This was a “do as I say.” Daddy loved to start new projects, but he wasn’t good at finishing them all. Once he knew how to do something, it was time to move to the next something.]
4) Just because everybody else is doing something, that doesn’t make it right. If everybody else jumped off a bridge, would you? [Well, I did jump off a bridge once…actually, I was pushed…but that’s another story.]
5) When you make a left hand turn in this *#/!!#!!*# car, don’t swing to the right first like a little old lady! [My father was not impressed with my driving skills, and rightly so. I’m a “little old lady” now, so I guess I can drive the way I want.]
6) Say what you mean, and mean what you say. [What I mean by that, is that my Daddy wanted me to be honest and forthright.]
7) If you mess it up, YOU clean it up. [Yeah, I wish he were here to drive point home to a certain teenager!]
8) Don’t make that face, your face will get stuck like that! [And, it did!]
9) If it looks like a snake, and sounds like a snake…then it’s a snake.[But, what if I don’t hear it or see it, Daddy?]
10) If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. [I probably couldn’t fix it if it was “broke,” so I’ll just assume everything “ain’t broke.”]
11) If you’re gonna fish, you have to learn to bait your own hook. [EWW! Daddy, that would mean that I’d have to hurt a worm, and I save worms!]
12) Gal, you don’t have to tell everything you know! [Oops! Daddy, that one didn’t take!]
13) A dog don’t crap where it eats. [ ‘Nuf said.]
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What did your Daddy tell YOU?