Dad, Thank You For the Life Lessons

Prairie Gleanings

Funny how dad's lessons extend past a bad report card. It's like he knew we'd face similar situations further down the road.

Published on: June 16, 2010
With Father's Day coming up, I thought it would be fitting to remember a few of the sayings my dad taught me. I hope to pass these along to my son one of these days.

1. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

My dad loved saying this when he was coaching my little league teams. Afraid to stand in front of a ground ball? He'd remind us, "If it was easy…" Even though it reminds me of the days of pitching machines, I find myself applying it to a lot of challenges throughout life.

2. Everyone's train gets off track sometimes.

Just like other children, my sister and I needed to be disciplined at times. After getting in trouble and receiving our punishment, dad would begin with the lecture. At the end of every lecture, he would remind us that everyone makes mistakes, i.e. everyone's train gets off track.

3. If you did your best, that's all you can do.

One of the more anxious times of any child's life is probably right before report cards are handed out. Dad used to remind us that a B was o.k. if you did your best. One year I realized the full meaning of this saying when I got a B, but he knew it wasn't my best effort. (That resulted in a grounding.)

Dad repeated these sayings over and over. He knew what lesson they went with, and he'd punctuate his point with one of these bits of wisdom. At the time, I knew when we got to the saying, it usually meant the end of the lecture.

Now, I've long forgotten the lecture or incident, but the sayings are still deep in my memory. Not only that, but the principle he was driving at in each case is still embedded in my personality.

This weekend, let's remember dad and all of the lessons he's taught us over the years. If you're a father, or plan on being one, be sure to do your part and pass on those age old lessons to your children. In everything you teach, remember these lessons will have a huge impact on how much folks trust your son's handshake in future business dealings.

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