Saturday, June 15, 2013

Bits & Pieces: Happy Father's Day

Sunday is Father’s Day. Have you bought your card yet?

Thinking about the “all things dad” day has made me stop to ponder how important dads are in a child’s life.

It also got me thinking about “dad-isms” – you know those sayings that your dad says all of the time.

Like: “I brought you into this world, I can take you out of it,” – Bill Cosby to Theo on The Cosby Show, or “Happy, Happy, Happy” – Phil Robertson – Duck Dynasty.

This week, I asked our Facebook followers in a question of the day to share “the best piece of advice their dad gave them.”

Kind of like this other gem from Robertson: “I want my grandkids to grow up in the great outdoors. The last thing I want is for them to grow up to be nerds.”

So does your dad have any favorite sayings? Here’s what our readers told us:

“If you’re running late, never speed or rush to get to where you’re going. Don’t endanger yourself or anyone else. Late is late.”- Sarah Lovelady.

“Trust God,” – Lore Swingle.

“I use to hate it but as I’ve grown older I guess it really does make sense in this world today--”pay as you go and you will never owe.” – Melody Casper.

“If someone has made u mad, they are controlling you! Chances are they do not care that u are mad, so why waste your time being mad at them,” — Jessica Ross Helmer.

“Always do your very best at everything you do,” – Natasha Hartley Arnall.

Pretty good advice, if you ask me.

All of the answers made me think about the things my dad uttered in my ears – especially as we would get up to milk in the morning.

I will also admit, the many of the sayings or phrases now spill out of my mouth – much to the delight of the students I often work with.

Like: “Morning comes awfully early,” – Dad’s favorite saying for when I would want to stay up late (knowing that the chores would be waiting the next morning, even if I wanted to sleep in).

But some of dad’s wisdom didn’t come in the form of “isms” but instead came as I walked alongside him, working on the farm and just being part of his life.

Lessons related to integrity, honesty and trustworthiness; or about working hard and always doing your best.

It makes me want to stop today to just say thank you. So since I’m a lousy card buyer, I guess this will have to do.

Dad, thank you for everything you taught me, shared with me and helped make me who I am today.

Thanks for teaching me about the value of hard work and for being willing to help me move (yes lots of times) since graduate school.

Thanks for putting up with me, for supporting me all of these year, for being a quiet witness with your faith and for loving me even when I do stupid things.

So maybe this weekend, instead of buying a card, tie or tool, take a few minutes to call, text or email your dad. Make sure he knows his importance in your life

Kaylea M. Hutson is the managing editor of The Grove Sun. She can be reached at or 918-786-2228. This column originally appeared in the June 14, 2013 issue of The Grove Sun.

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