“You’re not the first and you won’t be the last to do it.” – My old man
He pulled that quote out every time I was faced with some crappy situation as a kid; the death of a close friend, taking the SAT or the two-thousand times I got shot down by some girl. Not sure if he heard it somewhere or made it up because he didn’t know what else to say in most situations. At the time I just ignored the words of advice. Now, I think about that quote at least twenty times a day when I come face to face with a crappy adult dilemma.
I’ll say it to my kid. Hopefully he teaches it to my grand kids. It’s not a famous quote but it should be. Here are six other quotes about fatherhood and parenting from famous people. Bet they learned them from their old man.
“A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he’s in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.” — Bill Cosby
I’m now doing my business with the door open to watch what the kid is doing. He is only 10-months-old so he needs constant watch. I’ll stop doing this probably when he turns eighteen.
“My father always told me, ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’ ” — Jim Fox
Too bad we always find the ones that suck the life out of us.
“My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, you’ve had a great life.” — Elbert Hubbard
You die with five good friends but also with the worse luck of the bunch. You dropped first!
“When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, ‘Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?’ He answered, ‘If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.’” — Jerry Lewis
Fathers should always try and be funny. Even if they suck at it. It keeps the kid from taking life too seriously.
“A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be.” — Unknown
My dad always had pictures of me but never any money. He kept that in his front pocket. Harder to steal. Something else he taught me.
“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” — Charles Wadsworth