My Dad is a simple yet complicated man. He has overcome adversity, physically in the form of his MS diagnosis and emotionally in dealing with his mediocre father and my mom's decision to divorce after 30-some years of marriage (they're both better off). He has come out a stronger man, one who I get a lot of my strength from.
  1. These are some of his catchphrases from over the years:
  2. "No mail, no bills!"
    Whenever he checked the mailbox and it was empty. I still say this one.
  3. "Money doesn't grow on trees."
    Usually after reminding is to turn out the light after leaving a room.
  4. "Take it one day at a time, Kate!"
    My adolescence was not always easy for me. I now understand just how much anxiety I was dealing with but didn't know it. I think maybe my Dad understood and relates now because he still dispenses this advice often. Great advice! So simple!
  5. "You gotta get that ball and go the other way."
    He would sort of sing/chant this at the TV when watching football games. Anything I know about football I know because when I asked my Dad questions during games he would tell me. (I would ask, "what color is our team?" and he'd tell me.)
  6. "You're a better man than I, Gunga Din"
    He would just say this sometimes, enough so that it sticks in my mind. When I asked him about it he can't remember the history of it. I looked it up and found that there's a poem by Rudyard Kipling called 'Gunga Din'. I'm still not sure of the connection but I could be missing something obvious (I've been known to do that.)
  7. "I will turn this car around."
    Yup he said this! What do you expect when you put your three children in the back of a Dodge Aries station wagon?
  8. "Just think. It'll be hard, then it'll be over!"
    Wise words. So simple yet powerful!
  9. "Have fun and be careful!"
    He would always say this before I headed out for the night in college, when I moved back home after college, and now when I'm visiting for holidays. I used to say, "Ookaaaaay Dad!" Now I find it comforting even when it's a text.
  10. The rest he sang or said in a song-songy voice. 🎶 I didn't realize how much he sang until I made this list:
  11. "Sixteen Candles in my heart will glow"
    Just that line ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  12. "I'm proud of you, I'm proud of you, I hope that your as proud as I am, because I'm proud of you."
    I think this is a Mr. Rogers song that just got stuck in his head.
  13. "Jeremiah Johnson made his way into the mountains..."
    I still have yet to watch this movie with my father. It's one of his all time favorites but I've tried, I can't!
  14. This is a recent picture of my Dad with my niece and nephew. (I'll have to take some pictures of us next time I see him.)