Things I Learned From My Dad

I want to wish a happy Father's Day to all my reader(s). I will not have the pleasure of seeing my dad today, but he is in my thoughts as he recovers from surgery where he lives in Florida.

Anyone who knows my dad understands what an enigmatic person he is. He can get along with anyone, but he is never afraid to get into a debate. He holds traditional ideals of masculinity, but he loves romantic comedies. He is proud to be both Portuguese and American, and he would not give up either identity for anyone. Here are some things that I have learned from him over the years:

  • Don't order ice cream cones: My dad rarely let us order ice cream cones when we were kids because he said they were too messy. I still can't bring myself to order them today. Not being restricted by the cone lets me enjoy more toppings!

  • Support your local businesses: My dad was a steadfast patron of Leo's Pizza. He wouldn't let us order from Pizza Hut no matter how much we begged. He favored the personality of small business over the flash and sizzle of stuffed crust.

  • Think carefully before you get a tattoo: Don't get anything obscene, and don't get some guy's (or girl's) name.

  • Manage your resources wisely: Um, excuse me--why are you ordering a soda at McDonald's when there's perfectly good soda at home?

  • Make the mundane fun: Give that shopping cart a hearty push and let it roll down the empty aisle on its own. You know you want to.

  • Be accepting of others: One of my favorite Dad moments ever came when he was arguing with someone who didn't support gay marriage or gay people in general. My dad asked his opponent, "Do you like snakes?" Confused, she said no. My dad said, "Do you like bugs and other creepy-crawly things?" Again, the woman gave a puzzled, "no". My dad then replied, "Just because you don't like something, doesn't mean God didn't make it."

That's my dad, ladies and gentleman. He always has something interesting to say, and he will say it for as long as anyone will listen. I could have come up with a hundred bullet points, but I figured my reader(s) might like to have some free time on this holiday.

I hope everyone reading is enjoying the day, and maybe doing some of my dad's favorite leisure activities: drinking wine, grilling, watching soccer, or perhaps watching that cart roll down the aisle.