Lessons From Dad

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it” – Clarence Budington Kelland

I love this quote. This is so very true of how I feel about my father. Although he did not live a long life, he did live a full life, filled with life lessons, and love for my sister and I. For myself, I know I learned a couple of key lessons just by watching my dad.

  1. “Whenever you are out in public, remember you are my daughter, you carry the family name, and I expect you to represent our family in the best way possible.”
  2. “Having a strong work ethic is very important. Work hard, and then you get to play hard. Don’t call in sick, and never say no to an opportunity.”
  3. “If you love someone, stick by their side, no matter how difficult times get.”
  4. “Make life fun when you can. Life is too short, and too fun to waste.”
  5. “Mixing red wine, and Crown Royal is NEVER a good idea.”

These are all lessons I learned listening to, and watching my father. Perhaps the best life lesson he taught me was in the way he faced his inevitable death. The lesson is to love. Love big. Love often. Never waste a single opportunity to tell the people around you how much they mean to you. Never be afraid to put your broken heart back together and give your love to someone else again. Just love.

On this Fathers Day, when you have a moment with your father, friend, or the father figure in your life, watch them. Think about their life, and how they have chosen to live it. Take away something significant that has impacted you, and most of all, tell him, that you love him.



Author: Kelli M. Maddocks

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