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Laughing at Funerals and Other Things I Learned From My Dad

Sunday, June 16, 2013

This morning I called my Dad to wish him, Happy Father Days and we talked for about an hour like we always do. I wished he lived closer so I could spend more time with him. When I got off the phone I starting thinking what has my Dad taught me over the years.

I am very proud of my dad. He is the second oldest child of seven children. His parents came from Poland and were farmers. He quit school at the age of 15 to help raise his siblings when his mother died. He worked in the oil industry for over 60 years start off as a welder's assistant working his way up to top ten in a very well know oil company in Western Canada.

My Dad taught me:

Always put an extra plate on the table, you never know who is going to show up. He always said it not a problem to throw on extra pot of potatoes on the table. It was very common in our house to have 30 people over for dinner on the holidays. Everyone was welcome.

Life is too short to argue. Family comes first no matter what.

It's okay to laugh at funeral. Believe it has happen too, my son, niece and myself got a terrible case of the giggles at my Uncles funeral. My Dad said it was it was ok his brother would have thought it was funny too.

A shot of brandy and clove of garlic cures everything!

You are never too old to learn something new. Get a career. I am grateful for going back to school and going into the oil industry. I've had my Dad help me with many a school assignment and I am thankful he can pass on his great knowledge.

Everything happens for a reason. When things seem bad just get up, dust yourself off and keep going.

I learned my Dad takes great pleasure in teaching my boys Polish swear words. He has been encouraging them to use them around our new Parish Priest who is Polish. My Dad's theory is the boys need to learn the important words in the language.

My dad loves a good practical joke was know to play good ones on his brothers and friends back in the day. He believes in shot brandy before bed. He loves good food,friends and family. He loves to gaze at the stars. He said if they ever send old people in space he would like to go.

I am proud of my boys because they have all told me, their greatest desire to be like Grandfather. I am proud to call him my Dad.

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