In the spirit of Father’s Day, I am sharing my thoughts on my similarities to my father. My father has always been a calm and patient person. While my mother has taught me a lot of things, I would not say patience is one of them.
When I was little, my father used to build lots of things for us. He had a workshop with lots of tools and gizmos (all very well-organized by the way). He took his time building things and always planned them out carefully so that they would be made well. He would study his Popular Mechanics and Handyman books before he started any project.
He built many things for friends and family members. He made furniture and also built us a sandbox, a family room and a beautiful playhouse when I was about 5 years old. I spent hours in that spacious house, hosting tea parties and baking pretend cakes.
In all my years as a kid, my father has rarely raised his voice or got angry at us. He only got mad at my brother once that I can recall. That incident involved a couple of men carrying a very heavy tree into our backyard and my brother did not move out of the way fast enough. I supposed he left all the disciplining to my mom, who had no problem yelling at us when we misbehaved.
Dad probably learned to be patient while he was in the army. He served in France and Italy during WWII and thankfully, came home unwounded. He met my mom at the Sears store in Los Angeles, where she worked.
Now, my father is 90 years old. He has diabetes and Alzheimer’s and does not build things anymore. His tools are still in his workshop and they sit unused. Although he does not build things any more, he built a sense of calm and patience to our family. I am dedicating this post to my dad – thank you dad for always being so patient!
How are you like your father?
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