My father, Lee Devine, is celebrating his 75th birthday this week. My parents (divorced, both remarried) are two very different people and I have traits of both. I feel lucky to have been raised by such individual people because I am richer for having these diverse influences.
To commemorate my dad´s birthday, I"ve described the lessons about life that I received from him. I would have an equally long list of lessons learned from my mom, but this list focuses on my dad.
I think these lessons can benefit many people and apply to home and work life.
Presented in no particular order; they are
Lesson #1 – Play All the time!
Lesson #2 – Use Your head!
Lesson #3 – Speed Rules!
Lesson #4 – Do Something!
Lesson #5 – Rules S´mules!
Lesson #6 – Who Knows?
Lesson #7 – Fix it Yourself!
Lesson #8 – Make it Personal!
Lesson #9 – Be Colorful!
Lesson #10 – It Never Hurts to Ask!
Lesson #11 – Our Home is Our Castle!
Lesson #12 – Small Things are Big!
Lesson #13 – No Guts, No Glory!
Lesson #1 – Play All the Time!
Dad is a fun-loving goofball. I am, too, when I let myself. He loves sports, crafts, tinkering in the garage, making music and playing games. And he´s game for just about anything — I love that! Even after a tough day at work (physical work) he was available and eager to do something. He even made cutting the lawn fun by getting a speedy riding mower that had a zero turning radius. We would zip around that thing like it was a dune buggy. One day, the lawn was a bit wet and dad drove the mower right into the canal! How funny it was seeing him going in and hearing him yell as the mower hit the water. It never ran the same after that.
Lesson #2 – Use Your Head!
Although he never went to college and finished high school via a GED, my dad is a creative and ingenious man. He´s always been a MacGyver kind of guy who can make anything out of anything. My school science projects were always inventive and original because of my father´s ideas. He built our pool in the shape of Africa. He created beautiful stained glass doors and windows, and made our yard an interesting work of art (Complete with peeing boy statues, pyramid lights, and cannons!).
Lesson #3 – Speed Rules!
I inherited my lead foot from my dad. Speed is exciting, fun, and adventurous. A mundane trip to the drugstore could become an adventure in his homemade hotrod car (with no doors). Cape Coral, Florida was less populated then and we could whiz down the streets unobstructed. I loved his motorcycle rides and now ride one of my own. Our boats sped through the water (often full throttle onto sandbars!). Our lawn mower was fast. Cars were fast. Everything was fast. "Let´s get on with it!"??