Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Things My Daddy Taught Me

I'm sitting here catching up on The Voice, waiting for my laundry to be done.  And every time I see one of the contestants with their father, I get a little weepy. And I think, how incredibly lucky these people are to have their loving dads by their sides.

My dad has always been my best friend.  Growing up, there wasn't a single soul who could comfort me and support me and understand me like my dad.  And he's taught me so, so much - about life, about being a parent, everything. 

So I thought I'd share with you guys some things that my dad has taught me.  Sometimes without even knowing he was doing it.

-Be loyal to the ones you love.  Love them, fight for them, try your hardest to make them happy. 

-Think for yourself.  

-Don't take crap from anybody.  Accept the treatment you deserve, or else you deserve the treatment you accept. 

-But at the same time, pick your battles.  Don't sweat the small stuff.  Save your energy for the things that matter most to you.  The squeakiest mouse might get the cheese... but you don't even like cheese, so who cares? ;)

-Being a good parent means being there.  Listening.  Supporting.  I can't tell you how fulfilling it is to feel "heard"... no matter the issue.  When other people would blow me off, or put their priorities elsewhere, I could always count on my dad to be there for me.  Still can. 

-Keep your promises.  Be reliable.  Do what you say you will do.  You have a very short window to make a good impression and your reputation always precedes you.  

-The little moments mean everything.  Sharing a laugh together, going on a long car ride in contented silence, a hug after a hard day.  You don't need a million bucks to make someone feel special.  But being there for them will surely make them feel like a million bucks. 

I could go on for quite a long time, but I'll stop here.  Suffice it to say that I've learned so much from my dad and he's truly my best friend.  If my boys turn out to be anything like their grandpa, then I'll know I raised them right. 

"None of you can ever be proud enough of being the child of such a father who has not his equal in this world - so great, so good, so faultless. Try, all of you, to follow in his footsteps and don't be discouraged, for to be really good in everything like him, none of you I am sure, will ever be. Try, therefore, to be like him in some points, and you will have acquired a great deal." - Queen Victoria of England

What can I say?  I'm a daddy's girl, and darn proud of it! 

November 2012

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  1. I was very much a daddy's girl; he's been gone almost 5 years now and not a day goes by that I don't think of him.

  2. Not a daddy's girl but a great-grandpa's girl. I was raised by my great-grandfather but the premise is the same... :) He took on raising a third generation in his late fifties. He's the reason I feel so disconnected from my generation but its a disconnect I'm proud to have. I miss him every single day. So many times I've wished I could turn to him for wisdom and advice. I know he's watching me though and that helps guide me in my choices.

  3. What wonderful life lessons your Dad shared with you! I love my Dad but I am definitely more of a Mama's girl I think.

  4. So sweet! He sounds so much like my Dad.

  5. This is such a sweet post Mia, you and you dad are so cute together! He must be very proud to have such an amazing daughter :)

  6. I love this. :) Your dad has taught you so much and it's all great advice...especially to share with others! I wish my relationship with my Dad was like this...Thanks for sharing, dearie!

  7. aw, i love it. i am definitely a daddy's girl!

  8. Your dad taught you some amazing things! Love this sweet tribute to a great guy.

  9. I am totally a Daddy's girl! This is a great post. Very sweet and lots of great advice :)


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