Italian novelist Umberto Eco said of fathers: “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom.” Aww.
And comedian Jon Stewart said, “Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.”
Whether it’s a cherished nugget of wisdom, a folksy proverb or an eye-rolling pun, our dads always end up saying something we’ll never forget.
We asked our followers to share a few of their own “dadisms” and here’s what they came up with:
“Take the emotion out of it.” (I heard this a lot as a teenager.)
— Lauren B.
“My dad always told me not to wall on other people’s yards. To this day, I never do that.”
— Cheri B.
“Just remember to tell yourself, ‘If it is to be, it’s up to me.’”
— Torie C.
“I told my dad I wanted to grow out my hair and dye it. He said, ‘You don’t need to diet, you’re skinny enough.’”
— Elise S.
“We can do this the easy way or the hard way!”
— Jimmy T.
“Say hi or smile at someone new today.”
— Colleen R.
“Dad always said, ‘We are where we are.’”
— Kathy G.
“That’s one of the 13 things I don’t know.”
— Dustin S.
“My dad (and grandfather) said, ‘If you can read, you can learn anything.’ I watched that permeate his ability to be successful in every new challenge he tried.”
— Joshua S.
“When he knew we weren’t being as truthful as we should be, he’d ask, ‘Are you sure you’re not telling me the truth?’ Can’t answer yes, can’t answer no!”
— Valerie B.
And what would our list be without the greatest dad advice of all:
“Ask your mother.”
— Kate S.
Give Dad a taste of his own medicine
Father’s Day is right around the corner! In between the stories and jokes, take some time to give him a little bit of wisdom of your own. Tell him how important his health is to you and make sure he’s getting the right health screenings for his age. You can even record the kids interviewing grandpa to save his wisdom for years to come!