What little thing did your dad teach you.

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  1. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    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.
     
  2. NitroxAZ

    NitroxAZ New Member

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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.
     

  3. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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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. :eek:

    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
     
  4. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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    Mine was "always question authority".

    Excellent thread, Tango.
     
  5. Shihan

    Shihan Active Member Lifetime Supporter

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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.
     
  6. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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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.
     
  7. SHSBulldog06

    SHSBulldog06 New Member

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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.
     
  8. buckhuntr

    buckhuntr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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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!
     
  9. bkt

    bkt New Member

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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.
     
  10. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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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.
     
  11. murraywc

    murraywc New Member

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    Work hard provide for you and yours, and help as many other people that you can. He also taught me that my education was very importan even though he didn't have much , but that my contractors licenses was much more valuable than my college degrees.
     
  12. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

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    The old ones are the best

    My dad used to say " Never tell people your troubles lad because half dont care and the other half are glad to hear them "
     
  13. Gordo323

    Gordo323 New Member

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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVC2cszdTao]YouTube - Neil Young Old Man live in '71[/ame]

    My “Old Man” taught me the virtues of being self-sufficient, and not to be dependant on other people, but at the same time respect their rights. He always said “ If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” Another one of his quotes was “There’s no such thing as a free lunch!”
    Grew up on a farm most of my life and sometimes really miss the life!
    Lost my dad about 10 years ago in a plane crash, was devastated for awhile, but now realize that, that was the way he would have wanted it!
    Yeah I know Neil Young is a whiny Canadian, but can’t help but remembering my Dad whenever I hear this song!
     
  14. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

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    So many things but the ones I treasured the most are...

    - the golden rule. "do to others what you would like to be done to you"

    - be responsible and take responsibility for (all) your actions, no matter what the consequences are.

    - be dependable and trustworthy.

    - your name/reputation is important...do not taint it nor let others do. You are what you say and do.

    - importance of education. No one can steal it from you. Education includes learning to do everything yourself and rely less on others.

    - plan and implement...planning w/o doing is a waste. Working w/o plan/goal is sometimes also a waste.

    I miss you dad.
     
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    CHLChris New Member

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    Ask any question to which you need an answer. Don't be the guy who gets lost thinking he doesn't need any help!
     
  16. RadioActiV

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    I have a list of things but the one I remember the most was the day that he showed me how to tie a fishing lure on a line. I was so excited it was the first thing he had ever shown me. (That wasn't a form of discipline) I was about 8 or 7. I miss that man more than anything in the world. He was my DAD! and my role model. I love and miss you dad.
     
  17. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    Mine always said...
    Work hard
    Walk like you're going somewhere.
    If you want to call yourself a man then stand up and be one.
    A gun is like your Johnson - You don't whip it out unless you have full intention to use it.
     
  18. UnderFire

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    My dad and I had/have a lasting relationship. My dad pasted away in 2003 at the age of 79.

    What he instilled in me the most was;
    1. faith in Jesus
    2. your word is just that "your word", if you say you're going to do something then do it no matter what.
    3. integrity; you do the right thing even when no one is watching.
     
  19. dnthmn2004

    dnthmn2004 New Member

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    My father taught me to work hard, how to golf and fish properly, and to always practice my "Six P's" (or "Seven P's" if your British).
     
  20. c3shooter

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    If a man's word is good, then everything else is just marks on paper.


    If a man's word is no good, everything else is just marks on paper.