The words of my Father

It’s nearly Father’s Day, and I acknowledge the ache of missing him. I acknowledge the gratitude I have for my memories: the sound of his laugh popping into my mind at unexpected moments. The words and phrases that entertained, infuriated, taught and shaped me into this ever-changing lump of clay that will always be his daughter.

When I was a server:
If you put on some rouge, you’d make better tips.

While driving:
Get around this guy! He’s loafing in the left lane.

On the golf course:
Keep your head down. Don’t try to kill it.

On any professional athlete who showed poor sportsmanship:
He’s a bum.

When I playfully squeezed his bicep:
Be careful. You’ll hurt your hand.

Teaching me to drive a stick shift:
Again. Try it again.

At the end of any long list of questions:
Want a punch in the eye?

When pushed to the limit of his patience:
Gee Zuss Christ!

On any ex/bad boss/person:
(S)He’s a bum. (recurring theme)

You better [whatever I was supposed to be doing] or I’m gonna land all over you!

After my haircut:
Your face is hanging out.

Dad: on the far right

Happy Father’s Day, Dad and all the dads still giving advice and tossing out one-liners.

114 thoughts on “The words of my Father

  1. I laughed out loud, I teared up, I giggled while reading some of these – what a range of emotions!

    BEAUTIFUL post. You’re lucky to have such incredible memories and a way to communicate them to the world. He lives on through your words — and we’re all better off for it.

    Thank you!


  2. …I’m gonna land all over you. That one is great. I have two little ones of my own and I think I might adopt that one as they get older. Would you mind? Haha. Great post!

  3. You want a punch in the eye?! HAHA!! Dads are awesome, thank you for sharing a little bit of yours with all of us. Sounds like he may be missing you as much as you’re missing him this Father’s Day.

  4. Amazing, wonderful, and a bit heartbreaking. What a beautiful tribute to your dad. I really like him. He was a very wise fellow.

  5. Now you’re got me thinking about all the things my Dad says all the time. Thanks for this! 🙂

  6. So sweet! I love the “Your face is hanging out” line. Sounds like something my dad would say. (:

  7. It’s that time of year again, and I have just been reflecting on my own Dad, and miss him, too.
    Thanks for sharing your memories and congratulations on being freshly pressed.

  8. I love the first shot and your dad’s socks. That must a fashion statement for men of that age group. I’m remembering my grandfather and his shorts with his black socks. I love it. I can’t stop smiling. Thanks for the uplift,

  9. Love this! My father’s sense of humor was so the same. He didn’t like seeing his three daughter’s ‘ears stick out’ (no hair pushed behind the ear) or our toes (no sandals), etc. My daughter’s now 24 years old, but when she was two, he used to call her ‘meatball,’ and do the ‘Indian rope burn’ on her arm until I admonished him. Congrats on FP!

  10. This struck me, my stepfather passed away a couple of weeks ago in a car accident. Wherever he is, I’d like to say I love him, and I miss him so much. Sometimes what you love the most is taken away from you when you least expect it.

  11. i know exactly how you feel, i’m in the same position as you are, and it hurts a lot, but can we do, thats life and we need to let go and move no matter how hard it may seem, but i love the article and the way you wrote it is simply amazing and it touched my heart 🙂

  12. Sadly, I’ve yet to have this kind of relationship with either my dad or my step-dad, but LUCKILY I had an AMAZING Grandfather. This will be my 2nd Father’s Day without him, but his words, his wisdom and the way he toughened me up for this sometimes ridiculous world stay with me EVERY DAY! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Love the black socks!! I drive my kids crazy sometimes by coming out wearing shorts with black socks on just to see them roll their eyes!! Those are some great memories of times that made a great impact on you. Thanks for sharing them.

  14. It is rightly said father is a banker provided by god. Though our father. Did not had too much bank balance but he was a father who was ready to even sell the last brick of his house for our studies . He was a ideal man . Like every father he wanted to see his children highly qualified . But almighty did not gave him enough time . He left us alone to fight.With high tidesof life .we all miss u papa ji very much. Ur unlucky children meera Bitu (veer) Namarta( ur Mano) the picture of our life would have been different if u wud have been wid us……

  15. This brings back memories of when my dad used to teach me new words by playing with my toys. He didn’t even seem to be trying! There were (and are) days when I thought he knew everything.

    My favorite old-time saying (courtesy of my grandma) is “Well, It’s got to be around here somewhere. It didn’t just grow legs and walk off”.

  16. Yup, that’s a dad alright. Fatherly wisdom (threats) is sometimes tough, but always imparted with the best of intentions and love. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Very beautiful post. I lost my father nearly 14 yrs ago now, but I still miss him.

  18. Wow,that reminded me of what my father used to say while teaching us how to drive,and all the other stuff he used to say and still uses to this day. Your post is special.

  19. “He’s a bum.” What an awesome, multipurpose phrase. Congratulations on Freshly Pressed.
    I wrote about my dad today too, and the big lug cried a bit. How lucky I am to still have my dad around.

  20. Parabéns pela atitude, vivo a mesma situação que você….
    perdi meu pai há três anos.
    grande abraço

  21. Hey Jenny,

    I loved your post and the photos too. I felt a twinge of sadness but so much humor and love too!
    I also wrote about my dad.. with an old but oh-so-memorable photo of him with (one of my 2 sisters) and myself. Such memories come flooding back..
    Thanks so much for sharing his quotes too, amazing what sticks with us 🙂


  22. This is hilarious! What a beautiful post. Thank you so much for sharing this. My favourite one-liner from my dad was always “It builds character”, which he would quote upon a single complaint. 😛

  23. Oo. That’s so sweet of you. I miss my dad too. It was great to spend time with him and I used to literally enjoy every one liners of his. I remember most the one that he used to say when he used to get angry on someone behind them: “Son of doggies”. Happy father’s day papa.

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