Dad lessons -- they special things that fathers pass on to sons. Here's an even dozen I've learned over the years. 1. Love your family with all your heart and soul because they are the only ones you get in life and life is fleeting so enjoy every moment. 2. Life is better when you carry around a balled up paper towel in your hand because you never know when you are going to need one. 3. Toothpicks should be carried with you at all times. 4. “The trip is not over until you have unpacked.” 5. There is no such thing as “too much” outdoor illumination when it comes to Christmas … [Read more...]
Failure at something is how we learn. We try, we fail, we adjust, make notes, turn a tweak and try again. We may eventually win or we may find something else along the way that takes us in a whole new direction.
+ + +“I’m not good at it,” he said, as if that were reason enough not to try. “What does 'good' have to do with it?” I asked. “I can’t do it.” “You won’t do it,” I corrected. “There’s a difference.” We were standing outside the batting cage with a handful of quarters and helmets that smelled of sweat and disinfectant. I had planned … [Read more...]
“Son, I’m proud of you. I will never forget the day I heard those words come out of my dad's mouth. As a teenager and a young man, I couldn’t tell if my dad loved me or not. He did, but I was too caught up on me to realize it -- even at obvious times. I used to think I wasn’t good enough and had failed him as his child. I wasn’t the star athlete nor did I excel in school. I didn’t want to work or have the work ethic he did and it seemed like all he wanted me to do was work. All he asked me to do, I didn’t do so there was quite a bit of punishment going around. So basically, I had … [Read more...]
I’ve learned that brothers manipulate each other like salesmen. If one of them wants something, all they have to do is feign not being interested in it and the other one will back off. This rule holds true unless it’s something that has an attraction so undeniably strong that neither one can fake it. Enter the doughnuts. Our grocery shopping trips always starts in the far right of the local Publix supermarket. That way we can pop by the bakery and get a free cookie. Free cookies, especially when the kids need a snack or you’ll be in the store for a long time, help keep daddy sane ... … [Read more...]