Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What My Father Taught Me

This post is in memory of my Dad, John Dailey, whose strength and character has guided and shaped me. Today everyone who knew him is gathering to celebrate him and his life.  I want to do this by sharing a few of the many important lessons he taught me.
• Do your best every day.
• If you don’t try something you’ll never know if you can do it.
• Math is fun.
• If at first you don’t succeed try, try again.
• Finish what you start.
• Hard work builds character.
• Never stop learning (this was to make sure I never believed I knew
  it all. ;-)
• Learn a new vocabulary word every day.
• Pay off your personal credit cards every month; use them like money
  in the bank.
• Food cannot be “healthy” only animate objects can.  Food or lifestyle
  choices can be “healthful.” He was a stickler for grammar.
• That teasing is the way some people show they love you.
• That I was truly loved (obviously therefore teased a lot).
• That laughter makes us feel better.

I will sorely miss him, but his spirit will be with me everyday.  His memory will live on in his namesake, The Dailey Method, which thrives because of so many of the lessons I learned from him.

I love you Dad!


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  2. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dad! (I lost my dad 3 years ago today.) He's still with you, watching over you and, yes, probably even teasing :)! Sending thoughts and good wishes to you and your family.

  3. Your dad was great and will be missed. One of the things about your dad that always struck me was that, while I'm not quite sure he agreed with all your decisions :), he had enough trust and belief in you to let you do it your way. My father in law has a great saying about children - "you give them roots and wings."

    You had some strong roots and that is the the result of the love and wisdom you described. And your wings have taken you to amazing places. I know he was so proud of you, Jill.