My Father: No Cary Grant, But Still

17 Jun

All children look up to their fathers; this is obvious as most men are at least a good two feet taller than your average five-year-old. I’m not sure I’d go as far as saying my father was my hero—by the time I met him, he had been somewhat beaten down by life (read: his wife). However, to this day, I admire his wisdom, patience and the way his hair flicks up over his left ear (but not his right). He’s a man of few words, but I’ve learned a lot from him. Here are a few of my favourite fatherly gems:

1. Keeping a precise scorecard of a baseball game deserves as much respect as hitting a game-winning grand slam.

2. Never use your teeth to do anything but chew.

3. If you can’t be bothered to lace up your shoes, just buy loafers.

4. A good man keeps a tidy garage.

5. Any boy with a spitting habit should never be invited into the house.

6. Animals are better than most people.

7. When it’s your turn to talk, speak up. When it’s someone else’s turn to talk, listen.

8. Always return your library books on time.

9. Be kind.

10. Crime doesn’t pay (I’m not sure this one was originally his).

Of course, no man is perfect. He’s not a great dancer, occasionally wears trousers an inch too short, and married my mother.  But I can only think of one or two other men who would have been preferable as a father figure so overall I feel quite lucky.

Happy Father’s Day.

One Response to “My Father: No Cary Grant, But Still”

  1. Old Doc Brandel Monday, 18 June 2012 at 21:08 #

    Agatha: He’s a lucky guy to have you for a daughter. I am envious.

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