Sunday, June 21, 2015

Happy Father's Day Answers

1. What's the best thing about your dad?

He's super smart, he doesn't care what anything thinks about him and he's super, super, super generous and giving.  He always has been.  He's also been very generous with his time and money when it comes to helping others....especially his wife and children, but other people as well.

He puts up with my mom (who is a wonderful person, but very much a BOSS).  That probably qualifies him for sainthood.

He slaves super hard in the garden so his family can eat all sorts of organic vegetables all summer long.

Even at age (almost) 70 he was helping us move....lifting lots of heavy furniture, carrying boxes.

He may be retired, but he never stops working. 

He's also pretty quirky and does his own thing and doesn't care what anyone thinks,   In the 60's when everyone else was rebelling by listening to rock n' roll.....he rebelled by listening to Mozart and Bach and Beethoven and all those guys.

2. If you've got kids, what's the best thing about THEIR dad? (If you don't, feel free to substitute your grandfather or another father figure.)

He's very patient and doesn't get angry easily.   He almost never loses his temper (unlike me) and is basically the calm to my storm.   He loves to spend time with his kids....playing chess, watching movies, playing Frisbee.   I'm the one who always talks about being gentle and patient with kids...but he's the one who actually IS all those things. 

Plus he's super smart...yet very humble.  Smart but arrogant people are annoying.  Smart, but humble people are great.

He loves God. He loves the Church.  He loves me.  He loves our kids. He loves my family.

At age 32, he went to law school, at age 35 he passed the VA bar exam.  At age 36, he passed the IN bar exam.  And at age 37 he started his own law firm.  He's a hard worker and is always wiling to help others.

Plus he puts up with me (no easy task, I tell you) and ALWAYS  supports me in all my CRAZY ideas. And, I've had some crazy ones.  

3. What's the best advice your dad ever gave you?

Umm....never trust anyone over 30?  Actually my dad never gave that as advice, but it's something he likes to say.

My dad doesn't give a lot of advice  Or maybe I just don't pay attention.   He mostly teaches by example.

I always remember him saying how when he was in graduate school, he had like $2.50 a day to eat with, so he figured out that sunflower seeds offered him the most nutrition (proteins, vitamins, fats) per dollar, so he ate lots of sunflower seeds.  Most starving grad students would just live off coffee and noodles and hot dogs...but not my dad.  He was all into healthy eating before it was cool.

He also taught us to go to Confession every month and to never be late for Mass (that one didn't stick..the never being late one that is). 

4. What's something you have in common with your dad? 

According to my mom, I have lots in common with my dad.  We are both messy (I'm getting neater, and he's just as messy as ever).  We both tend to rush and do things quickly.  We both have messy handwriting.  We are definitely NOT perfectionists.  And we're both good at science.  Well..he has a PhD in Organic Chemistry and I merely took Organic Chemistry (and got an A-), so he's better than me in that regard.

5. What's the manliest thing you know how to do?

I also like mowing the lawn and can check the oil and the coolant and all those things (and add more if necessary).

6. Who is your favorite fictional dad?

Carson Drew....Nancy Drew's father.  Because he's perfect.....just like Nancy.

P.S. In case you missed my other post.  The Nun is looking for Questions.
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