For those of us who’ve lost our father’s this year, specifically Heather and myself, I thought I’d repost a section of one of my Thursday Thirteens from 2006.
Things my father taught me.
- Multiplication tables.
- How to take pictures with a manual camera.
- Love of reading.
- The world does not stop spinning if you don’t get your own way. If you want something, you’ve got to earn it.
- How to use a computer (including programming) – Which I think highly influenced the fact that my first career was computer related.
- There are three sides to every story – yours, mine and the truth.
- True charity doesn’t require a tax receipt.
- Believing in something doesn’t mean blindly following all elements of a doctrine. It’s possible to have faith and work to be a good person without attending church.
- It’s possible to forgive the worst mistakes of your children – even if you never forget.
- Never to ask anyone to do something you are unwilling to do yourself.
- Never hold anyone to a standard you are unwilling or unable to meet yourself.
- The more I learn, the less I “know”. Learning is continuous, never ending, and often cyclical and that’s ok.
- Never let a moment pass by where you can tell a loved one how much they mean to you. You may never get another chance.
I miss you dad. Rest in peace.