Lessons From My Father
- Keep it simple!
- Never raise your voice at loved ones. There is a way to get your point across without screaming.
- Music heals the soul & fills a house with love.
- Dont be too hard on yourself! One of my last conversations with him, I was having a bad day, & here he is comforting me while going through chemo & radiation treatments and I’ll never forget he said, ” you’re a beautiful girl, what more do you want?” “you have a family that loves you, what more do you want?!” “You have a great job, what more do you want?!” “Dont be so hard on yourself!” “Enjoy your life!!!”
- Dont repeat yourself, we all heard you the first time.
- Laugh, laugh, and laugh some more.
- Work integrity! You are the beams that hold that company up & sometimes you have to do things you don’t like, but whats the alternative?
- Laugh with your spouse & make fun of each other, don’t be too serious.
- Never give up on your family. Always forgive & always help!
- How to face disease, bad news, and a death sentence with humility, grace and dignity. During the last two years of his life I never saw him waiver and he was himself until the day he passed.
Please let me remember always:
- His laugh, that sounded like a howl & a car engine that wouldn’t start.
- His love for regaee, old r & b, and music in general.
- Outdoors man. Give him a deck, porch, stoop, whatever, he loved it!
- The way he would say “pookie, pookie, pookie” to me.
- This tune he would whistle, that he never could remember the name and yet he whistled it every year of my life.
- Watching soap operas together.
- His strength.
- No grudges, he forgave immediately.
And so much more…to be continued