Sunday was Father’s Day. We spent the day doing things that my husband wanted to do. His suggestions included hike at Starved Rock, watch the horse races at Arlington, hike locally, go for a bike ride, go out for breakfast, sleep in, go to a flea market, go to pick up stone for a landscaping project, get the car washed, go for a long drive and show the kids where we lived and went to school, grill and hang out on the deck, watch the race on TV and general putzing around the house. As you can imagine, we could not do everything on his list.

We did sleep in (for us, 8:00), so we got a late start on our bike ride. By the time we got home and showered, it was too late for breakfast. Instead, we all got Frappuccinos at Starbucks. While we were drinking them, my husband asked the kids what were some of the life lessons that he had taught them over the years. Although I thought the question might be too complex for them, they came up with some pretty good answers.

From our son, age 9:
1. Don’t smoke when you are older
2. Play sports
3. Get a good job

From our daughter, age 11:
1. Practice, practice, practice
2. Work hard.
3. Don’t beg for a puppy because you aren’t going to get one.

From our daughter, age 13:
1. Support your family in what they want to do.
2. Never give up.
3. Volunteer.

My husband did not have the benefit of such wisdom from the fathers in his life. However, even as strange as his childhood was, he said that he did take some good things away from it:
1. The appreciation for all types of music
2. Never show up empty handed at someone’s house
3. Be proud of your heritage

My dad taught me several things, but these were the ones that stick out this morning:
1. The entrepreneurial spirit
2. The ability to make a decision, have a good reason for it and stick with it
3. General knowledge of cars: how to change oil, how to drive stick, how to change a tire

Even though Father’s Day is officially over this year, think about three things that your dad taught you. I bet you use some of them in your life today.