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Fatherly Advice: What I Learned From My Dad


Fatherly Advice: What I Learned From My Dad

Each month my Editor’s letter focuses on the theme of the month but I’ve decided to switch things up a bit.  Many of you may not know it but…….

I Am A Daddy’s Girl!

Every memory embedded in my brain as a child has my father’s presence all over it and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

In 1997 my father passed but lucky for me he was around long enough to mold me into the woman I am today.  So many of my characteristics mirror those of my father.  From the way that I remain diplomatic in all situations to my love for writing and much more, my father and his impact on my life will always be apart of who I am.

As we celebrate Father’s Day (June 19, 2011), it’s a perfect time to reflect on all the things that father’s teach us.

How To Drive: I may have gotten my driver’s license at the age of 17, but I’ve been driving since I was 4 years old (thanks to my father).  My first driving experience involved me sitting on my dad’s lap; he controlled the pedals, I controlled the wheel.  Who needs to get a license from the Secretary of State when dad is willing to let you give driving a chance.

An Appreciation of Sports: I am a girl and by default I was never invited to watch football, baseball or basketball games on television with my dad.  Did that stop me? No!! I was going to spend time with my dad and the Detroit Lions were no match for my determination.  I sat my little butt right in front of the television and watched football with my dad.

Thanks to my dad, I’ve wowed every guy that I’ve dated because I am a rare commodity; a girl who watches sports.  Even when my dad didn’t want me to “court” boys, he was preparing me for my future beau.

Cool It Now: Men are so cool.  You rarely see them lose their composure, get too upset or engage in heated arguments.  Although we respected my father, we grew up thinking my mom was the one with the hot temper.  My dad taught me how to remain calm in heated situations.  He also taught me how to sit back and observe people.

There Is No Limit: Employment agency, sporting goods store, Mentor, Government worker and football coach are some of the roles my father took on.  There was nothing that he couldn’t do and he passed the baton to me.  As of right now I wear about 5 hats at any given time.  He taught how to be a business woman and the importance of working with others. He also taught me about giving back to my community and those who may be in need.

I AM Beautiful & Loved: A day didn’t go by that my father did not tell me how beautiful I was.  He made sure I knew my worth as a young girl.  Every night he would kiss me good night and tell me that he loved me.  If a day went past and I didn’t come into his room for a good night kiss, he was really quick to check me and let me know that I am never too old to kiss him good night.

These are just a few of the things that he taught me.  I miss him so much but I know that he would be so proud of the woman I have become.

What have you learned from your dad?

Keep Thriving & Smiling,

Stephanie Danforth & the Daily Venus Team

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