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Today is my dad’s 75th birthday.  And in the Fink Family we’re all about celebrating birthdays – so LarryFest 2013 started on Sunday and will continue until April 27 when we do the official celebration at Disneyland.

So in honor of this momentous occasion, here are some things I’ve learned from my dad over the years….

 

  • Choose your words wisely – less is more.  His “I’m very disappointed in you” put an end to an awful lot of arguing when we were kids.
  • Your commitment means something.  If you say you are going to do something, do it.  No excuses.  As kids, he never missed a softball game, band concert or other important occasion in our lives.  And you know what?  He hasn’t missed important occasions in our adult lives either.
  • It is important to help others.  I wholeheartedly support this idea and applaud my father who continues to volunteer each week at the senior center (he’s one of the younger ones there).
  • There is no harm in showing your emotions.  My dad tears up watching Hallmark commercials (so do I) or when he gets a sappy card from my sister.
  • He loves technology and all the latest gadgets.  But still enjoys reading the newspaper with his morning cup of coffee.
  • Work hard.  But take time to enjoy the rewards of your hard work (ok, I’m still working on that one).
  • Say thank you.  Two simple words that go a long way.

So, Dad, I thank you for being a wonderful father, for sometimes “being disappointed” but always giving me the support and encouragement I’ve needed to make decisions (some you didn’t agree with) and for always being there.

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
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4 Comments

  1. Laurie says:

    Abbie, that is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  2. David Landis says:

    Thank you, Abbie – your Dad has many pearls of wisdom. I like #3 and #6 especially. And be glad for all the time you have with your Dad. Every moment is precious. Cheers, David

  3. Larry says:

    As the girls were growing up and becoming adults you wonder if you were on the right track in guiding them to be responsible and caring adults. Then you read that some of the ideas you tried to instill in their minds were not only remembered but put in to practice. Thank you for making me a very proud Dad.

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