He says only what needs to be said. No more. Sometimes less. Sometimes he just nods or shakes his head. Other times – and certainly the most frustrating – he gives you a one-word response that doesn’t really answer your question at all.
“Dad. Where is the coffee?”
On rare days, I call home and he has lots to tell me and I think IS HE ON SOMETHING? Caffeine? Uppers? …crack, perhaps? And then I wonder if this is the day of the apocalypse. Are animals running for the hills? Are worms pouring out of the ground to avoid flooding? Because dad has a lot to say today and this is out of form.
I think it is safe to say at this point that you understand, right? He isn’t much of a talker.
So for Father’s Day when ManCrates, sent out their #DadBrags campaign to brag about some of the best advice Dad has ever given, I wasn’t sure how to respond. He has never been much in the “You’ll get ’em next time” advice realm. That was more my mom. And just as quickly as I knew that my dad never gave me words of advice, I understood that you don’t always have to speak advice to give it.
Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.
– Steve Maraboli
First I should point out that my dad is not Steve Maraboli. Steve is a writer. Maybe a good one. My dad is Rafael and that was just a quote I liked but I digress. My mom has often said, “Your father will never die of a heart attack.” She’s right. If you can’t see from that picture on the left where he is carrying his small baby in a fucking tree let me spell it out: That man doesn’t stress about a thing. He wanders around in this day and age with no cell phone. When we go to the mall, I will follow him around otherwise he’ll wander off and get lost and it will take ME hours to find him and when I do find him I’ll ask worriedly, “Umm… where were you? I looked everywhere for you.” And he’ll shrug. No answer. Shoulder shrug. That. Is. It. I’ll realize he was never looking for me, never even realized I was gone in the first place and if he had, it wouldn’t have bothered him in the slightest.
“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”
Take pride in what you have and what you do.
“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen
Life is not meant to be all that serious.
The Advice My Dad Never Gave
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*Refers to Lionel Richie’s 1984 hit “Dancing on the Ceiling”