Children learn to smile from their parents.
See what I’m teaching my kids?
I’m simply passing on my version of the funny I learned growing up–thanks in big part to my dad. He is a master at telling a funny story, and watching him, I learned the value in being able to get people to smile, to laugh and to share joy.
And I learned other things.
Growing up, my dad was big on safety. He made us wear sunscreen (thank you Dad!), and after a sudden stop in the car, he always threw out an arm in front of whoever sat in the passenger seat–even after our car had seat belts. Plus, he did not allow us out of the house without shoes.
No skipping around barefoot for me.
Because of hookworms.
You see those little suckers could burrow into tender kid soles and make their way up and . . . well, I don’t remember the rest. He had me at hookworm. It was all I needed to know–and believe me when I tell you, I had the softest, callous-free feet in my neighborhood!
I have done zero research on hookworms, so I cannot tell you if this is true. The only thing I know for sure is that as a parent, protecting my kids is of utmost importance. I will never forget the first time my husband and I left our kids home alone. On one hand it was exciting that they were finally old enough, but as we moved to walk out the door, my husband turned around and said:
Because apparently as I showed my oldest the list of phone numbers, my husband had worst case scenarios running through his mind. By decreeing no food, he felt he eliminated the choking scenario.
“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.”
~Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird
So maybe it’s not possible, but dads will try. Because like moms, dads like to dispense advice too:
“This is life. So go and have a ball. Because the world don’t move to the beat of just one drum. What might be right for you may not be right for some. You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have … my opening statement. Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog.”
~Peter Griffin, Family Guy
You never want your kids to see you scared. You want to be that rock that they grab a hold of in a stormy sea. Actually, a rock would sink. So a floating rock.
~Phil Dunphy, Modern Family
Dad = floating rock. Oh, and let’s not forget dads can be FUN:
“This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun.”
~Clark Griswold, National Lampoon’s Vacation
Me, my dad and one of my sisters. It’s possible she’s checking the ground for hookworms.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
I’d love to know–what is your favorite Father’s day gift to give or get?