Sunday, June 19, 2011
Happy Father's Day
My Dad taught me to drive stick. He took me over to the high school parking lot, and said I have to make it up this hill, then I can drive around town. I made it up that hill.
He taught me about finances. On weekend mornings, I would help him balance the checkbook and write checks to pay the bills. He encouraged me to start a mutual fund at 16 with my high school job. He taught me to be a saver, and for this I'm truly grateful. You won't find me out running up credit cards. He tries to teach anyone who will listen about saving money and living debt free. His financial hero is Dave Ramsey.
My Dad taught me that its okay to dance around your kitchen even if you have no rhythm. I get up and dance around the living room all the time. Micah thinks I'm crazy. But, I get it from dad. So You Think You Can Dance also turns me into a leaping and spinning fool.
I don't know the words to any songs. I just make them up as a I go along, my dad taught me that this is okay. My mom on the other hand knows all the words to songs.
In my family, my Dad and I are the "brown heads." The "brown heads" follow the rules and don't get into trouble. We are the type that watch the "blonde heads" jump off of waterfalls, while we stay behind the fence that says, "DO NOT ENTER." In our world, "rules are rules."
When I think of my Dad, I can't help but think of his most common phrases growing up. It makes me laugh and laugh.
"Cats kill dead animals."
"You are burning the candle at both ends. You are hurting your spleen. You are going to get mononucleosis."
"Nothing good happens after midnight."
My Dad is one of the most loyal people you'll ever meet. He helps people. He is honest. I'm glad he's my Dad.