Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Birthday to my Dad.

Happy Birthday to my dad, brilliant scientist, crime solver extraordinaire, pillar of the church choir bass section, and the greatest dad in the whole world.

Besides, of course, Michael, but he's already had his twelve days of birthday celebrating...



My sister and I always say we're going to write a book of John's Pearl's of Wisdom... but until we get around to writing it all down, in honor of my dad's birthday today:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room. I can still hear him ranting saying, "I just went upstairs and turned off four lights, two ceiling fans, one jam box, and one curling iron! It costs me a quarter every time you turn the curling iron on!" So for Pete's sake, turn off your lights and your curling iron. Save your dad a quarter.

  • Get your oil changed every 3,000 miles. Buy your cars used, and drive them til the wheels fall off... but get your oil changed. That 1980 brown Ford truck my dad drove while I was in high school mortified me to no end then... and my daughters will probably feel the same way about my 2005 Honda Accord when I'm still driving it when they're in high school. What can I say? I'm my dad's daughter and I learned the lesson of the used car/oil change well. 

And last but not least, my favorite advice I ever got from my dad...

  • You can marry more money in five minutes than you can make in five lifetimes. I never learned this lesson, but it's ok... You CAN live happily ever after without the trust fund, I've learned. But if it's not too late for you, and you're contemplating marrying someone of lesser means... just know that my dad told you so

Thanks, dad, for all this wisdom and so much more. I couldn't have made it without you. 


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5 comments:

Brian Stinecipher said...

I'm betting your dad is happy with you and your Accord. The way those Hondas are built, I'd wonder if the grandkids will be driving it. ;-)

Betsy_barry said...

also: marry a Christian, tithe no matter what, don't EVER pay someone to do ANYTHING around your house that you can do yourself, and if someone is being rude and inconsiderate with their grocery cart right in the middle of the aisle, feel free to send that thing spinning!  

Betsy said...

also, READ THE MANUAL!!!  every word!  i would've known how to use the dang bag-phone had i only READ THE MANUAL!!!

Amy n love said...

Hahaha ya'll are hilsterious! Good advice from your dad, miss Melissa! I missed out on all that but am making up for it in spades with my kids.

Start your retirement savings at 20. Do not have sec until you are well into your 30's. (kids just never listen tho.)
If you do not take the catbox out, he will commence to using your bed as his litter box.

Dixieroots said...

One of my favorites of his is, "Have more than you show and say less than  you know".

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