At the time, it all seemed like a series of things I shouldn’t do. Lots of advice seemed old-fashioned and out of date. I wondered how being so “safe” would benefit me. It seemed like it was all crafted to minimize fun and make me miserable!
My father died when I was in my early 20’s. Sadly, he missed a lot of the things that I would’ve loved for him to share. He didn’t see me buy my first house. He missed out on meeting my husband and being there for our wedding. He would’ve gotten such a charge out of watching me start and grow a business. Yet, so much of his advice was responsible for me doing those very things.
I will share some gems with you now. Isn’t it funny how smart your parents become as you get older?
- The faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop.
- Wet leaves are extremely slippery, be careful!
- Turn your lights on when it’s foggy, dark or rainy.
- Keep a snow shovel in your car during the winter.
- If it looks and sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Keep a “secret” $20 bill in the back of your wallet.
- Never let the gas tank fall below 1/4
- Pay your bills on time.
- Look people in the eye.
- Don’t say you’ll do something unless you mean it.
- Be honest.
- Be nice.
It’s all pretty simple stuff. I’m glad I remember as much as I do.
For those of you who have a Dad around this year, remind him of the things he’s taught you. I guarantee you’ll make his day. It’ll make him happier than a neck tie or a golf club ever could.
Happy Father’s Day!