Legacies, at least in my mind, are a very personal thing.
A legacy, as defined in the about 8 million different online dictionaries that I looked at, is
Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past.
My father left a lasting legacy, at least for me. I think if you asked all who knew him they would say that he was a larger than life person who lived life to the fullest. I would hope that when my time comes to go home to my savior that others will say the same of me.
I was going to write a wordy post (is there any other sort??) about my dad’s legacy but I think a list will do the job nicely. I have searched all over my blog posts thinking that I had already written out this list for you but I cannot find it. If I did and I posted it…..I blame the menopause brain.
* Christ is all.
* If you are going to do a job you need to do it to the best of your abilities. Don’t waste your time doing a half way job that will have to be redone because you didn’t do it right the first time around.
* Ice cream is always a good idea. Well, all except for that one time when he had the bright idea to have a scoop of Bubble Gum ice cream and a scoop of Black Licorice ice cream. That is the only time that I ever remember him NOT finishing an ice cream cone.
* When braking in your car, let up on the brake pedal just a bit as you come to a stop and you will never have a “herky jerky” stop.
* Organ music is the music of the angels. And if you throw in a bit of Bluegrass that is even better.
* You can never take too many pictures.
* A good glass of wine is an excellent thing.
* If I, as the Chief of the OBGYN department, have written orders on a patient. And you, as a lowly resident, have said to ignore MY orders and written your own…..it will not go well with you my son.
* Hard work is a good thing.
* If you need to, ask for help.
* Yes, we are stopping at this vacation spot. No, you may not stay in the car and read your book.
* There is no need to yell.
Intimidation Expressing your displeasure with a quiet voice is MUCH more effective (ask the progeny).
* Take the time to put your tools, whatever they may be, back where you got them. That way you always know where they are.
* Think through the problem before acting on it.
*You can never have too many flashlights……or pens…..or combs…..or nail clippers…..or baseball caps….or tools….or books…or batteries.
*You can never have too many pads of paper.
*Think ahead. It will save your bacon later on.
* Do not stick your hand under a running lawn mower. The consequences can be….not so great…especially if you are a surgeon.
* A clean car interior is the sign of an organized mind. (I might have a problem there).
* There is no reason why you cannot take 4 showers a day…as long as each of those showers lasts no more that 4 minutes.
* Keep good records.
* Go the extra mile for others without expecting anything in return.
* Raccoons, opossums and groundhogs must be eradicated.
* It is not acceptable to chew Green Apple bubble gum in a closed car. And NO you may not blow bubbles with it.
* A well written letter (or email) of complaint can go a long way.
* Be careful when lighting the gas grill. Your eyebrows might suffer a “mighty singe” otherwise.
* Measure twice. Cut once.
* If I have asked you to do something, I expect that you will get up and do it now.
* All work and no relaxation makes for a very grumpy person.
* Do your research.
* Read a book. Expand your brain.
Thanks Dad for the legacy that you have left for me. I long for the day when I will see you again. Until then……
I think I will go and read a book.