Lori Lavender Luz learned a lot from her father (including how to make a funny face, as seen in this 1970s family Christmas photo). "We both know that repeating things ad nauseum to kids annoys them now but they’ll thank us for these words of wisdom someday," she wrote.
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Before they shared a love of square-dancing, Barbara Shallue credits her father for showing her the joys of reading after declaring she was bored when she was 7.
"'Bored? Here, read this,' he said, handing me an old, mildewed copy of Black Beauty, 'You'll never be bored again.' I'm not sure if those were his exact words, but ... I was hooked, and as long as I've had something handy to read (and I try to make sure I do), I've never been bored again."
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"Dad was a country-boy at heart and had a folksy way of speaking," writes Mary Dell Harrington. And she shares some of his favorite -- and lesson-filled -- sayings.
Some of our favorites? "Even a blind sow can find an acorn from time to time" and "'Hard to get all your raccoons up one tree' -- [it] was his way of saying that he understood the frustration of not achieving goals, whether they were mine, his corporate ones or those of a hunting dog."
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Pam Houghton's father's absence after her parents' divorce wasn't ideal, but it was far from an "awfully depressing Lifetime Movie of the Week." Houghton learned what kind of man she wanted to marry from observing her father, and later, the other fathers she met.
"I made sure the family I married into had a strong tradition of sticking together -- where dads didn’t bail," she writes. "Dads who reap the rewards of being there for their kids and helping them grow into happy adults."
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"As a high school basketball coach my father fought for the right of girls (including his daughters) to play basketball," Pat McKinzie-Lechault told Huff/Post50.
"I grew up during an era when athletic girls had no role models. When others teased, 'Hey, jock,' I cringed, but never lost my self-esteem. You never loved me less because I grew up in skinned knees instead of nylons. You encouraged me to be myself even when it meant being different and pursuing a career usually sought by men."
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Sharon Greenthal sees her father everywhere: in her face, her voice and in her housekeeping: "I clean my house and he’s by my side, straightening and wiping and spraying -- both of us incapable of sitting among clutter or mess even for a few minutes. Up he would jump when he finished eating, rushing to do the dishes..."
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Father's Day is always "bittersweet" for Linda Wolff, as it serves as a reminder that her father is no longer here, but she enjoyed writing some of the lessons she learned from her dad, including: "Money doesn’t grow on trees, so don’t be wasteful. However, he didn’t mind spending on nice meals and a beautiful ambiance."
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Wine blogger Anne Louise Bannon reflects on the role her father player in her love of wine. "Dad’s love of learning, in its own way, spurred my interest in science. And he never doubted that I could get my brain around a difficult concept... When I began writing about the wine industry and found myself on a steep learning curve when it came to the science and the process, boy, I was ready to tackle that one head on..."
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Caryn Payzant's father taught her a valuable lesson: "My dad has shown me that real men are compassionate, thoughtful and carry a hankie.
"I learned from my dad that it was OK, even for men, to feel deep emotions and let them show during tender moments of both joy and sorrow."
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Connie McLeod's business as a television repairman with local commercials led her to advertising. But his larger than life personality and love of life was an even greater gift: "Dad and I both loved the movie Mame and her quote, 'Life’s a banquet and most poor suckers are staving to death!'"
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Lois Alter Mark is proud to be a "daddy's girl": "My experiences with my father taught me that there’s nothing more valuable than family, that a sense of humor is vital, and that I can do anything."
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Elizabeth Barnhart father was her world as a child, and now, at 81, serves as her role model. "I just hope I will be as successful forming a new life for myself post-divorce as my dad was creating a new life after his retirement," writes Barnhart. "It’s a lot to live up to, but he has given me the confidence that I can do it.
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The daughter of a Navy officer, Karen Austin (pictured at 12 on the right) can now appreciate the many military-inspired lessons he gave her. "Each time I fold a top sheet into a military corner, I think of my dad," she writes.
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Sometimes the lessons we learn from our parents are from experiencing their flaws firsthand. Initially sheltered from her father's alcoholism -- his "only flaw" she writes -- Kathi Prien writes thoughtfully about his battle and how it affected her.
"I don’t think the child of an alcoholic can ever be comfortable drinking," Prien writes. "I drink socially and enjoy red wine with dinner. If I over-imbibe, I pay for it, not only with a headache, but with feelings of guilt and shame."
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Me: Dad, I have to leave for school now. Have a nice day.
Dad: Wait. What’s the password of the day?
Me: Be smart!
That memory perfectly encapsulates the biggest lesson Cathy Chester's father imparted on her: the importance of curiosity and education.
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Sisters Karen (pictured in the boat with their father) and Wendy Irving reflected on each of their favorite memories of their father, and the traits they've picked up from him.
"As we wrote this post," they write, "Wendy and I realized that we’d each absorbed a lot of traits from our father. While he could be a rigid disciplinarian, and a stickler for safety (including bear safety and boat safety), when he let his guard down, he could be like a big, burly kid, who delighted in practical jokes (as long as they weren’t on him)."
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