I am my Father’s Daughter
Sunday is Father’s Day and although my dad has long been gone, the lessons he left for my life is not. He wasn’t perfect, but he taught me lessons about living even in his shortcomings.
Some of the most valuable lessons my dad taught me are incorporated into our life here at Our Little House:
- Dad was a simple man. He grew up the youngest of 13 in very small cabin in Arkansas. Although our house is much better equipped (with running water and electricity!) I can feel my paternal family’s heritage in these mountains.
- When I was a kid, I would sit out on the back patio with my parents and star gaze (when you could still see stars in the suburbs), learning to appreciate the beauty of the universe. Now when I sit on our deck on these very dark nights in the country at Our Little House, I’m able to appreciate the beauty of the stars, the twinkling of fireflies against the black forest, the cries of the coyotes and the hoot of the owls.
- Love doesn’t have to be spoken or shown everyday; it can be shown in everyday living.
- What you do for a living may not make you financially rich, but being able to take pride in what you do and who you are makes you rich beyond measure.
- Do what you say, when you say you’re going to do it.
- Stand up for your convictions and own your actions, no matter how unpopular.
- Fight for your family, especially your kids, even when they’re grown.
- Take care and put pride into all that you own.
To all of the fathers in the Living Large community, enjoy your day. To everyone, take the day to appreciate your father’s legacy.
What are some of the lessons your father taught you?