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   Posted 9/29/2008 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy Monday to all. Hopefully your weekend was enjoyable...whatever that is for you. We had a busy one and full of family so I'm pretty tired but we did have a good time.

Today's question is meant to be a happy and positive one. What valuable lessons have you learned from your father?

Now, some folks didn't have a father around or this person wasn't a happy part of your life. So, feel free to substitute Uncle, Step-dad, Grandfather or whatever male figure that was a good influence in your life. Go with the good times. We need all we can get.

For me dad and I were pals. I think I was the son he always wanted even though I had a brother. Brother didn't do things with dad but he and I went fishing, hunting and did chores together. I loved that he always took me along when he ran errands and did farm chores. Because of those great times with dad I learned how meaningful it is to give your children your time and attention. Mom loved us deeply but she never learned to play with kids nor how to show her love. That was very common with that generation. Mom was raised in tough times, lived for some time in a sod house on the Nebraska prairie. Her mother wasn't nurturing at all so how would she ever learn. My childhood memories of mother were her telling us to go outside and play or to go away because the "adults were talking about adult things".

Dad was raised in tough times also but somewhere along the line he learned to love kids and show them by spending time together. Maybe that's why he became a teacher. Because he taught Vocational Agriculture and had FFA he became a father to many of the young people in school. Again I saw what giving of your time does for people. At dad's memorial service a large number of former students came up to me and thanked me for sharing my dad with them. He cared and they knew it. He was the reason they went on to believe in themselves and be successful.

Take time for those you love. It's all we really have in this life...our time. Yes, we earn money and buy things but isn't money just a tangible piece of time? Give yours freely but wisely.

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   Posted 9/30/2008 12:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I have never posted to this site before.I was looking at some of the other sites and seen your Question.I just loved it.So hear go`s what my dad taught me was to always do what is morally right for yourself not because someone is watching,or your church tells you to,or you think you will some how gain from it.You do what you know is right for you inside of yourself and don` expect anything in return. smurf
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Post Edited (mom9mom) : 9/29/2008 11:23:01 PM (GMT-6)

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