The Portland paper is running a Father's Day feature this weekend, "Advice from the World's Best Dads." A couple of weeks ago, they asked readers to e-mail the best advice their dad had given them.
And they printed my dad's advice, which only goes to show that I have been right and he really is one of the world's best dads.
It had to be 50 words or less:
"People who give will always have more than enough. And people who are
grasping will never be satisfied, or feel that what they have is
So true. I have always given whatever I can, even when I didn't have much, and I have always had more than enough. Same with my dad. (He was thrilled, by the way, and said this story was the best Father's Day gift!)
Some of the advice printed was cliche, and some of it was profound, and some of it was hilarious!
Among my favorites:
"Don't flip the pancakes until ALL the bubbles have popped."
"Drive like everyone else is an idiot."
"Always have some pajamas hanging on the bedpost in case there should be a fire."
"It's better to be sorry you tried something that didn't work out than to regret that you were too timid even to try."
"As long as you're being a good person, you don't owe anyone any explanations for who you are or what you do."
"Before you marry her, check her teeth."
"Unless you're the lead dog, the scenery never changes."
"There will always be someone smarter, faster, quicker than you, get to
know those people and learn from them. Don't compete with them, ONLY
compete with yourself."
"If at the altar in your wedding dress, if you've ANY doubts at
all, WALK away." "...You may repay us all the deposits, LOL, but walk
What is the best advice your dad ever gave you? If you grew up without a dad, did you get great advice from a father figure?