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This is Ben and his daughter, Josie. Happy Father's Day, Ben.
Dads have a unique power to impart knowledge and wisdom to their children. Most of us can remember an important lesson our dads have taught us.
To honor our dads on Father's Day, a handful of GOOD employees reflected on the most important lesson their dad taught them. Click through the slideshow to see what we came up with!
This is Andrew's dad, Don.
"He's the quintessential professor. Mustache, pipe, patches on the elbows, the whole nine yards. He speaks five or six languages. He taught me how to think. But more importantly than that, he taught me how to be thoughtful. He is always considering other people's perspectives, trying to see all sides of an issue, taking in new ideas. And grounding that all is an abiding sense of fairness and justice. He's just about my favorite person to talk to. I got lucky. Happy Father's Day, dad."
This is Joseph and his children.
"My dad taught me that there's no such thing as a free lunch."
This is Carla's dad, José.
"My dad was an exceptional person, and taught me a lifetime's worth of lessons that I'm still unpacking. Highlights? How to live life well, how to love whole-heartedly and, of course, how to hook a big catch."
This is Tom's dad, Tom Carbone Sr.
"He has been working hard to provide for me and my family since I was born. He was 23 years old when he and my mom had me. I've always admired his work ethic and his pursuit of working on what he truly loves. He taught me that being passionate about your work is the key to success. Happy Father's Day, dad."
This is Chelsea's dad, David.
"The best lesson my dad ever taught me was to slow down and enjoy life around me. Don't get me wrong, the man worked hard throughout his life—being the valedictorian of his high school and owning his own pharmacy (David's Pharmacy on Pico & Robertson). But he also really knew how to laugh. My dad is the life of the party—and with his presence he brings light and joy. He takes the time for these moments, always eats right and always enjoys the company he keeps around him. Recently, my dad moved to Tucson, Arizona. Even now, he still makes time for me in these delicious moments to laugh and live, just him and me. I love my Dad SO MUCH. Happy Father's Day, Dad!"
This is Kat's dad, Todd.
"(Some) Serious Lessons from Todd Fatland.
1) Money is best spent on vacations and good beer.
2) Nachos are healthy because there’s protein in the cheese (Right?).
3) Don’t mess with the Moody Blues. Seriously.
4) There’s a fine line between courage and foolishness (still trying to figure out if this is a Todd Original).
5) Love the hell out of your family and friends, and they’ll love the hell out of you."
This is Renee's dad, Daniel.
"Keep trying. Keep falling. Keep getting back up, and doing it all over again."
This is Hillary's dad, Gary.
"My dad is my favorite guy in the world. He taught me how to ride a bike, throw a baseball, and how to make a great breakfast. Most importantly, he taught me to appreciate life, to love my family and friends, and to be thankful for everything I have.
We recently tried to hang a heavy piece of art in my apartment. After making several deep, wide grooves in my wall, we decided to call a handyman. The picture is now hanging over the "oppsy" holes, but every time I walk by the picture, I smile because I'm reminded how dedicated my dad is.
Dad, you're a so-so handyman, but you're a perfect dad. I love you."
This is Alejandro's dad, Luis.
"Too many to count, but the first two that come to mind are:
1. chivalry is alive and well.
2. when fielding a short-hop, make sure your glove touches the dirt."
This is Nona's dad, Stanley.
"My dad always used to tell our family a joke. An old Buddhist monk was sitting peacefully with his eyes closed, listening to a group of people praise him. "Oh, you're so wise!" they gushed. "You're so generous. You're so kind. You're so virtuous. You're so loving." The monk just sat there calmly, expressionless. "Please, say something!" they begged. So the monk opened one eye and said, "About my modesty you say nothing?"
My dad has accomplished many things, and since I was a kid, he's made no attempt to downplay them. When people compliment him, he doesn't demur and mumble something sheepish; he says "thank you." When I was younger, I would roll my eyes and repeat the punchline of that joke back to my dad. "Don't brag!" I told him. He just laughed. Later in my life, I realized he wasn't self-satisfied; he was constantly learning, questioning, and challenging himself. And when he was proud of something he had done, he didn't hide it. This is a lesson that's stuck with me to this day. Nobody likes a show-off, but when you do something worthwhile, you sure as hell should own it."
This is Cord's dad, Wilson.
"My father teaches me lots of things, many of which I forget until he patiently teaches me again. One lesson that's always stuck with me, however, is the reverence of head over heart. My dad's not emotionless by any means, but he's always demanded that I think about my ideas and decisions and not just feel them. Life is harder when you ponder before you act, as it sometimes forces you to confront uncomfortable realities, but I wouldn't have it any other way. I think my dad has made my life more difficult than anyone I've ever known, and I love him tremendously for that."
This is Liz's dad, Larry.
"My dad is an incredibly talented jazz musician and professor. He's a genius at both piano and trombone, but since he can play almost every instrument to some extent, I like to joke that he's the jazz version of Prince. One time when I was maybe 15 or 16, we were in the car and the radio announcer was raving about Harry Connick. I asked my dad, "You can play piano better than this guy. How come he's famous and you're not?" Looking back, it was an incredibly rude question, but my dad simply replied, "Because I wanted to be able to pick you up at school every day and I wanted to stay married, and that's a lot more important to me than fame." He went on to explain to me that he knew a lot of famous musicians who'd been married three or four times, never saw their kids, had crazy addiction issues, and he'd wanted something different out of life. I learned a lot from that conversation and over the years my dad has really set an example for me that you can be a creative person and successfully do what you love, and the least important thing in that whole equation is fame."
This is Elisa's dad, Philip.
"Growing up, we weren't able to afford big trips or vacations. But that didn't stop my dad.
On weekends and holidays our family would hit the road in our minivan. By the time I was 18, my family had pretty much been to every major town or historical spot within a three day driving distance from our house. We'd had our minivan trapped in the Mojave Desert (a passing dune buggy driver helped us out), checked out the Grand Canyon a few dozen times, rumbled by the hot springs in Yellowstone, and spent untold hours pulled over looking at maps.
My dad's love of seeing new things was something tangible he passed on to me. And it wasn't just traveling for the sake of escaping; for him it was about exploring and staying curious. By the time I was 10 years old, I had learned lessons that I still carry through adulthood: it isn't scary to go to new places, to get lost, to eat unfamiliar foods, to ask for help, to be thrifty, to see people who don't look or talk like you. He showed me that home is wonderful, but there is a whole world to learn about. Thanks, Dad!"
This is Elizabeth's dad, Paul.
"My dad grew up poor in the Italian immigrant community of Brooklyn but despite his mother’s advice, “you could have your own television repair shop!”, he took a risk and followed his heart into the theatre. My dad taught me the value of art and the importance of spending every day doing what you love."
This is Julia's dad, Peter.
"My Dad has always taught me that there is more to life than what we see through our tunnel vision of work and our daily routines. We have to stimulate our senses with travel and art, experiencing other cultures and understanding that an entire world exists outside our individual microcosms. It's one of the most valuable things I've ever learned, and it will continue to shape the way I live my life."
This is Ann's dad, Terry.
"My dad taught me to work hard, always pursue what I love, and just say no to amusement-park rides that won't accommodate our long legs. (Here is a photo of the two of us looking super attractive immediately after some sort of water ride at Valley Fair in Minneapolis in the early 1990s.)"
This is Jeff's dad, John.
"He's a super smart Physics Professor and NYTimes published crossword author. He passed on to me a love of spicy foods, Willie Nelson, and a preppy fashion sense. He taught me how to play guitar, and how to be a kind and gentle man."
This is Alex's dad, Neil.
"My father has given me plenty of advice throughout the years, but the lesson he repeated most often is this: 'People are morons'. This was his way of teaching me to protect myself against the mindlessness of other people, especially while driving. It may seem pessimistic, but I see it as a framework to view the human condition so that I would be more likely to forgive others and also myself when we inevitably make mistakes. Thanks, Pops."
This is Abby's dad, Carey.
"He plays the drums, gets around on a Yamaha Roadliner, and makes a mean batch of banana pancakes.
I'm grateful for my dad's practical wisdom and the way he reminds me to find the humor in every circumstance. Whenever I fret to him about something small, he likes to respond by saying, 'It's better than taking a dirt nap!' And he's right."
This is Max's dad, Mark.
"From my father, I learned a particular type of creative discursive imagination to withstand storms, create new words for songs, new songs for new occasions, the ability to make and capture moments with words, an openness, and to maintain the wonder."