My father was colorful in his guidance. He offered admonitions wrapped up in regional paper that I’m pretty sure were handed down to him by his father. Here are five of the best, which you might find useful on the street and at work. Terse? Simplistic? Rigid? Yes. That’s what makes them fast, true, and hard to forget.
Poor folks have poor ways, rich folks have mean ways.
We weren’t really poor. But we weren’t rich, either. Frugality and humility are nothing to be ashamed of. Greed is not good. Watch yourself.
He’s just talking to hear his head rattle.
That’s what a father says to his two young sons when confronted with a babbling knucklehead. Listen carefully to what idiots say, and pay absolutely no attention to it.
I had worse than that on my eye and never even blinked.
When you showed up with a scratch and it was nothing more than a scratch, this was his version of empathy. Don’t be a baby. Save it for the real deal.
Make hay while the sun shines.
This one sounds biblical but it’s not. You can’t make hay at night. You can’t make it in the rain. Get on with what needs to be done and stop fiddling around.
If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.
His version of anti-bullying advice back in the days when it only happened on the playground. Don’t pick fights. If you do and pain ensues, you’ll have no quarter at home.
Thanks, Dad, for your example and wisdom.
Happy Father’s Day.