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What's the most important thing you learned from your dad? (Question of the Month, June 2017)

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With Father's Day just around the corner, I'm wondering... What's the most important thing you learned from your dad, if anything?

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Acceptance....as a man raised in the deep, rural South, he had no racial prejudices at all. It served him well his entire life. In his eyes people are just people. He did respect the cultural differences, but since he was included in just about everything anyone did, he never judged.

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Be true to yourself, don't just follow the crowd to be part of the crowd.  Silence is consent.

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To get a good education and work hard at your job.  My Dad passes when he was 45, much too young.  

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7 minutes ago, FreeGirl said:

To get a good education and work hard at your job.  My Dad passes when he was 45, much too young.  

So sorry for your dad's early demise, FreeGirl. He sounds like a very good influence.

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Oh my gosh--there are so so  many things I have learned from my Dad. He's almost 90 and my truest inspiration.  

I may add a file  later of a poem I wrote for him on his 70th but in the mean time....

#1) If somebody asks you for help--say "Sure what do you need--before they ever tell you anything about what they need help with.  

#2) You can tell the size of a man by the size of the things that upset him.

 

 

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My dad taught me that family is.everything.

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On 5/29/2017 at 2:56 PM, Mame925 said:

Acceptance....as a man raised in the deep, rural South, he had no racial prejudices at all. It served him well his entire life. In his eyes people are just people. He did respect the cultural differences, but since he was included in just about everything anyone did, he never judged.

This^^^ reminds me, to some degree, of my dad, too. In fact, he was so against prejudice that he would object even if one of us kids said we "loved" this/that people. Even though it was a positive comment, he argued that it was still "prejudice" b/c we were "pre-juding" hundreds of people we didn't know. While I think people need to be given a little more leeway than that - no one who says "I love this/that people" means any harm, IMO - this line of thinking definitely had an impact on me and helped teach me to look at others as individuals, not stereotypes.

On 6/2/2017 at 6:20 PM, SueSTx said:

Be true to yourself, don't just follow the crowd to be part of the crowd. 

 

On 6/3/2017 at 10:00 PM, FreeGirl said:

To get a good education and work hard at your job. 

My DF stressed all the above values. (DM did, also, more or less.) His beliefs left an indelible impression on my mind and heart.

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Meanwhile, good to hear all these lovely memories. Hope everyone has a lovely Father's Day and so do the dads, granddads, stepdads, adoptive dads, etc. in your lives!

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