Things I Learned From My Father

Here’s a few things I learned from my father:

  • When crossing a stream, don’t look down at the rocks, look straight ahead to the opposite bank.  Same goes with driving.
  • If you take the coin the tooth fairy left to be a nickel and it’s a quarter, it will still spend like a quarter.
  • When whittling, always face the blade away from the body.
  • Do not sing while fishing.  Neither the fish nor the other people fishing will appreciate you. I believe this may apply to public transportation as well.
  • It doesn’t matter if you don’t sing in tune as long as you put your heart into it.
  • If you love your garden, it will love you back.  He never came right out and said it, but it was hard to miss.

When I sift out the gist of all of this, it comes out something like this:

Keep your vision uppermost, embrace your gifts, you are responsible for your own well-being, give respect to every being, lead with your heart, don’t be afraid to love. Amen.

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