Who Knew—Dad Was Right!
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
This is one of my favorite Mark Twain quotes because it so perfectly expresses how we learn to appreciate our fathers, especially as we get older and discover they may have been right.
Remember some of the great fatherly advice we received over the years?
Just Some Common Sense
I’m sure we also have memories of our Dads doling out these old chestnuts as we helped him do chores or complete his list of honey-dos around the house. Some of those little nuggets of wisdom are just as relevant today as they were years ago.
“Don’t throw it away. Try and fix it first.”
Advice undoubtedly passed down from our father’s father. When you think about it, some of our grandparents were the original conservationists. Living through a World War and the Depression, they became experts at finding ways to repair, reuse or repurpose stuff all the time. Rarely was anything thrown away. Why, I remember cutting up old clothes to be turned into potholders, work cloths, dust rags or quilts.
“We’re not trying to cool/heat the whole neighborhood.”
This priceless gem was heard every time a door was standing ajar, a light was left on in an empty room or you couldn’t find what you wanted from the fridge fast enough. Who knew frugal fathers were also helping the environment along with their pocketbooks. That is why I’m sure these tips on staying cool would be Dad-approved.
“Spend a little more now, and you will save more later.”
It makes sense to buy quality over quantity. Remember that classic suit or work boots Dad owned? He probably only had to replace it once—if ever. So he not only saved money, but he reduced waste by not having to get rid of poor-quality items. Even more profound advice when you consider purchasing items that are being ethically manufactured.
“Stop wasting water!”
Urgent and direct—this was most assuredly the mantra to live by anytime work in the yard or garden was to be done. No matter what part of the country you came from or the climate, this was always the one hard-and-fast rule when it came to yard work—never waste water.
Who knew? Dad was a tree hugger!
So, no matter what your Dad may have bellowed out across the yard as you spent your Saturday toiling in the hot summer sun or conveyed across the dinner table, you can look back and trust that most everything he told you as a kid turned out to be sound advice for life. And also the environment.
Discover the kind of hobbies and activities your father enjoys. Then plan a day he would love by doing some of those things together. Find something worth sharing and create a new family tradition.
What is some of the sage advice or wise words you received from your father? Share your favorite memories in the comments below.
Will you pass your father’s advice on to your children?