Today, October 2nd, is my dad’s birthday. It’s kind of a big deal, being that it’s number 75, but I think he wants to keep it a bit low key. That’s alright, it’s his day, he’s entitled to celebrate any way he wants. However, as his daughter, I get to shout:
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What was happening back in the year Dad was born? Well, let’s see:
- the first social security benefits were paid (oh, I know Dad is loving this one!);
- the first McDonald’s opened;
- Franklin D. Roosevelt was president;
- The Grapes of Wrath won the Pulitzer for fiction;
- milk was 34¢/gallon and gas was 18¢/gallon;
- Gone With the Wind won the Academy Award for best picture;
- minimum wage was 30¢/hour; and
- The Cincinnati Reds won the baseball World Series.
The world sure has changed a bit over the years since Dad made his first appearance. Dad has visited his share of McDonald’s, voted in every presidential election since 1960, watched the price of milk rise to well over $3/gallon, and debated the sustainability of a $15/hour minimum wage. He also, finally, in 2004, got to celebrate his beloved Boston Red Sox defeating the “Curse of the Bambino” when they won the baseball World Series.
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Dad and I have disagreed during discussions of many topics over the years (have you ever met any Irish who don’t love to argue?!). We’ve been on the opposite sides of issues as broad as politics (cue the sound of my union card carrying nana and grandpa laughing as their son and granddaughter debate the merits of Obamacare), as simple as the appropriate topping for a key lime pie, and as controversial as the role of women in the military. However, what I truly hold dear are not our disagreements, but rather the life lessons I’ve learned from my favorite crazy Irishman:
1. Don’t carry any more debt than is absolutely necessary.
2. It’s OK to take a do-over. Taking risks in life is what makes life worth living. Be fearless because there are no guarantees in life.
3. Money can’t buy happiness, but there are times when it sure can make life easier.
4. The prettiest girl at the party will get noticed in the first five minutes; the most confident gal with the best stories will be ruling the room during last call.
5. Never leave a hat on a table (this one is actually from Nana, but I’ll give Dad credit here too).
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6. If something is available one day and one day only, walk away.
7. Fake it ‘til you make it.
8. Play to your strengths.
9. Everyone is an expert on Monday morning. Be the gal in the game, not the after it’s over commentator.
10. Expecting a politician to be honest is like expecting an orange tree to produce bananas.
Happy Birthday Dad. Love you with all my heart.
Do you have a favorite person who has taught you meaningful life lessons? Please share your thoughts in the comments section.