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Old 06-20-2010, 03:40 PM   #1
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Default What little thing did your dad teach you.

On this fathers day I want to know what little thing did your dad tell or teach you that has helped you be a better person for it.

Mine I think was Hard work. Never shy away from a good day of hard work. Just because you have a college degree on the wall doesn't mean you can loaf. Work hard and you will have everything you ever wanted in life.

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Old 06-20-2010, 04:07 PM   #2
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+1 to that Tango. My father instilled a great work ethic in me that I hope to impart to my children.

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My old man taught me so much as I sit here thinking back. How to shoot a BB gun, how to shoot my first rifle and later pistol. How to swing a hammer, work a handsaw, ride my bike, tie my shoes. The list goes on and on.

I think one of the biggest things he taught me though was personal responsibility. If I had decided to drop out of school, get some hood rat preggo and live off the state, I am fairly certain he would have kicked my ass from one end of the low rent government provided housing project I had chosen to reside to the other.

My dad was big on having a very select list of people that the "state" would provide for and that list started with veterans and ended with family members of deceased veterans or those of LEO/Fire/First Responders. He didn't believe in a welfar state that took care of you just because you were lazy.

My old man worked hard and he played hard, but he always encouraged us to do whatever we wanted with our lives as long as it wasn't illegal or immoral.

Happy Father's Day Pop, I miss you!

JD

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Mine was "always question authority".

Excellent thread, Tango.

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I lost my Father when I was just 3, little memory except from pictures. It wasn't until I was 14 that a Father figure came back into my life. It is from both these Men that I learned the meaning of Family.
My stepfather came into my life at the crucial time when I was making the transition from a kid to an adult. He helped mold the man I am today. It was his influence that lead me to join The Marine Corps. That was a major part of shaping me.
To him I wish a Happy Fathers Day.

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My father has taught me plenty over the years. I am lucky enough to still be able to learn from him and his examples. In fact, the past couple of years have been the best for our relationship. We have re-bonded through building the pizza oven and the still ongoing smoker build. I am blessed.

The best piece of real world advice he ever gave me was, "No matter what you think, there is always one more bill on it's way." It took me several years to realize that he meant that both literally and figuratively.

He taught me respect, hard work, personal responsibility and just about everything else that makes a man a man and a father a dad. He is and always will be my hero.

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The most important things,

Respect my elders
Never quit a job until you have another lined up.
Value of hardwork.
Taught me how to raise my children by doing a pretty damn good job with me.

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He taught me gun safety, how to hunt and fish, and the value of an honest day's work, among lots of other stuff.

Hey, SHSBulldog06, you're in my hometown!

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It's hard to pick one thing...

A sense of responsibility, perseverance, and respect for self and others come to mind.

He also taught me woodworking (rough and fine), plumbing, electrical, framing, drywalling, and many other practical skills.

He was a college English prof by the time I was born, but before that he owned an auto repair shop and could fix anything. The irony is he never had an opportunity to teach me anything about cars. I had to learn that on my own.

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Respect, and how important it is.

And his mantra:

"I've never known bad news to improve with age."



Thanks Dad.

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