June 12, 2008

What I learned from my dad.

There is no better Christmas gift than a doll house you've made for your daughter.

If you're on the Jr. High basketball team it's a good idea to run up and down the court and not just stand there.

Building a computer for the science fair is a very good idea.

Building a computer for the science fair when your dad is an engineer is an even better idea.

Volunteering to chaperon your daughter's 8th grade trip to the Grand Canyon is a really wise even if she's not entirely sure it's such a good idea.

It really is possible to be smart and cool at the same time.

Taking a summer vacation together every year is important.

Wiggling your ears is a real talent.

Attending your daughter's honors assembly is an admirable reason to miss work.

A "dinger" is a home run, a "southpaw" is a left-handed pitcher, "caught looking" is when a batter is called out on strikes and the "ace pitcher" is the best starter on the team.

You never wash a cast iron skillet and getting it seasoned properly can take years and years.

Hard work pays off.

The ability to hold your tongue is an incredible virtue.

The Thanksgiving turkey should always be cooked on the grill -- even if it means that you have to get up at 4:00 a.m. to make sure it's done in time.

Seeing your daughter in a wedding gown can make you cry.

Bacon and eggs are a fabulous Sunday-morning tradition. Scrapple, even fried in bacon grease, is not.

The ability to invent things is amazing.

Ending up in the Smithsonian because you invented things is really amazing.

Being a good father has nothing to do with biology and everything to do with commitment.

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