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Just a few of the things my dad has taught me


June 10, 2014

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    Father’s Day always offers me a little time to stop and reflect on some of the things I have learned from my dad over our 20-something years together.
    From attempting to teach me how to hit, slide and field those tricky ground balls as coach of my rec ball softball team — attempting being the key word here — to showing me how to run the lawn mower and identify poison ivy (what exactly do those leaves look like again?), he’s thrown in some pretty important life lessons along the way.

1. Wear your seatbelt.  
    I’ve never left the house without hearing these famous last words floating down the driveway.

2. Paranoia is a good thing — sort of.
    Before taking a girls’ trip to New York City for my 16th birthday, my dad had me convinced I was going to get lost in the city, conned by taxi drivers and mugged on the subway. He has a way of making me aware of what to be aware of — in a not-so-subtle way.

3. Football is the sport of the gods.
    Everything I need to know about the gridiron, I learned from my dad. These days, I even could teach him a thing or two — but don’t tell him that.

4. Take time out to have some fun.
    The pool in my parents’ backyard is my dad’s personal playground, and he never misses a chance to go camping at the lake or have dinner with friends. He’s shown me that there is much more to life than those long days spent at the office.

5. Afternoon naps are a must.
     Thanks, Dad. This is one lesson that really stuck.

    Linsay Cheney Rudd is the editor of Connect Statesboro, and she loves hearing from readers! Email her at lrudd@connectstatesboro.com.


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