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12 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dad

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  1. When you’ve caught someone in a cradle (wrestling move) you want to interlock your hands like the dude above. He’s got it right. (The one in the yellow, not the one who looks like he may cry.)
  2. If you’re scared to do something, that may mean you need to do it. (I first learned this one when Dad made me go buy my own Twizzlers at a wrestling match because I was afraid to do it by myself.)
  3. Learning how to properly perform a deadlift will ensure you “lift with your legs, not your back” for the rest of your life.
  4. Building a broad vocabulary at a young age will help you not sound like a moron as an adult.
  5. Without rules, there is chaos. (I wasn’t so pleased with this one as a teenager.)
  6. When learning to drive a stickshift, one must also practice how to stop on a dime. (As we were driving along a country road, Dad would yell out, “STOP!”, and I was to jam on the brake and the clutch at the same time. There were also traffic cones involved in my training. And tears. There were tears.)
  7. If you’re going to do something, learn how to do it to the best of your ability.
  8. Waking up before dawn is a part of the true Indy 500 experience.
  9. When taking your family camping, buy a tent that is easy to install.
  10. If you own a fast car, others drivers will want to race you. Go ahead and race them. (Haha, kiding….. But we did. And we won.)
  11. A hedge trimmer is just as frightening to a child as a chainsaw…if you turn out the lights.

But most importantly…

12. A good dad is one you’ll turn to for advice well into adulthood.

10 Life Lessons I Learned From My Mom

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  1. If you need a little mood boost, there’s nothing like taking a hot shower or bath and then slathering your neck and chest in a yummy-smelling lotion. That little act of self-care can do a lot. (I remember Mom letting me use her special Avon cream.)
  2. Presentation is everything. Cakes, tables, presents…taking the time to put them together with love and care says a great deal to the receiver of these things. (Still, I’ll never be able to wrap a gift like my mother.)
  3. If you can’t figure out what’s wrong, it’s probably HORMONES.
  4. When decorating your home, consider using an odd number of items.
  5. Giving truly is better than receiving. (My mother is one of the most generous people I have ever met. She derives so much pleasure from picking out gifts for others.)
  6. Sometimes all a person really needs is for someone to listen.
  7. The proper way to measure flour for baking is to spoon it into the cup, then even the top off with the edge of a knife.
  8. By using your pinkie, thumb and index finger you can create a little “gun” for shooting rubber bands.
  9. The deepest beauty is found in simplicity. (When I was little…wee little…Mom would strap me into the bike seat and we would ride around town looking for pretty things…a butterfly wing, a stone, a colorful leaf. I’ve never forgotten this.)
  10. The true meaning of unconditional love. (I love you, Momma.)