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The 3 Lessons That My Father Has Taught Me In My 19 Years Of Life

Yyesterday was a day of recognition and gratitude for all the dads in the world because it was Father’s Day. Father’s Day was nice as I…

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Father’s Day; A Gentleman’s Gentleman

Father’s Day; A Gentleman’s Gentleman

Me And My Dad (My personal photo)

I couldn’t possibly let today go by without reflecting about fathers day, and of course, more specifically, my Dad. Sometimes holidays like Fathers Day, Mothers Day, and even Valentines Day, are looked at negatively by some, because they think the feelings and emotions that relate to those days shouldn’t be special just on one day per year. It should be everyday. I agree with that, but I myself do not look down on these type of holidays. I feel they are still very important, and I am glad they exist. They remind me to be mindful of the value of these people in my life every day of the year.

Father’s Day is a great holiday that helps remind myself how very blessed I am to have a wonderful father, who has been there for me for my entire life. Whether I was a little toddler learning from him how to play baseball, or as a full grown adult, going through serious struggles, Dad has been there.

GDJ; Pixabay

My father has been a very successful person, especially when it comes to work ethic and career. He worked hard to assure our family would never worry about stability or comfort. When he was younger, he sealed his fate for a great future, working hard on his education whether in high school, or college. All of those factors helped him become one of the most trusted and valuable leaders in his career.

When I think about the things I learned from my father, the list is solid, and priceless. I learned how to fish from dad. There was a lake and streams in our neighborhood, so it was the perfect setting. The memories are still crystal when it comes to trout season opening up each april. We would be at the lake bright and early with many others.

I learned everything there was to know about camping. He was one of the leaders of my boy scout troop, and we had so many incredible memories when it came to the hundreds of camping experiences we had. He himself was a boy scout when he was young, so he really enjoyed getting to experience scouting a second time around.

My younger years saw me become a very talented baseball player. Whether it was catcher, pitcher, or third baseman, Dad always worked with me, to practice over and over again. I can remember countless times, standing in the middle of our street playing catch. Sometimes I used that time to practice becoming a better catcher, and vice versa as well, because I spent many of those roadway catches, fine tuning my pitching skills too.

Davey1; Pixabay

Another major skill my father taught me was how to drive a car. From the very first time I ever drove a vehicle on the first day of my “permit” until a year later when I got my full fledged drivers license, me and Dad would go out every weekend on driving adventures. He was very strategic with the routes we took. His goal was to present every type of driving challenge, among every type of landscape, speed limit, one lane, two lane, interstates, etc etc.

It was a learning time, but looking back, it was really something that we both enjoyed. Afterall, as a 16 year old, what could be better than utilizing quality time, to learn how to drive a car. And who would had thought that several years later I would occasionally drive fire engines to emergencies with precision skill.

While my dad and I were total polar opposites in so many ways, that never took away from the fact that my dad has always remained a staple in my life. I have learned that comparing myself to him was not the way to look at the relationship. Because our differences didn’t take anything away from us.

ljcor; Pixabay

Dad is resilient as well, especially when it comes to my more difficult and dark times in my life. My addiction wore my parents very thin, and there would be countless times where they may have wondered if I would truly ever beat the addiction and become a productive person in society again. My Dad never turned his back on me, but he did give tough love ultimatums. Eventually his support helped me find my way into a world of sobriety.

Today he holds no grudges. He has forgiven me, and more important, he has reconciled with me as well. I finally learned that life is too short to waste time doing things that don’t promote the health and love of the relationships that matter.

This is an article I could write on any of the 365 days we have in a year. Father’s Day not only reminds me about how happy I am to have the Dad I have, it helps put in place a mindset where I am mindful about Dad on every day, and not just today.

I am very blessed to have my Dad, and all my great family with me, in my life on a regular basis.These days like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are true reminders of not just parents, but of the entire family dynamic too.

Free-Photos; Pixabay

Thank you for reading.

By MICHAEL PATANELLA


Father’s Day; A Gentleman’s Gentleman was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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A Gentleman’s Gentleman

A Father’s Day Memoir

Me And My Dad (My personal photo)

I couldn’t possibly let today go by without reflecting about fathers day, and of course, more specifically, my Dad. Sometimes holidays like Fathers Day, Mothers Day, and even Valentines Day, are looked at negatively by some, because they think the feelings and emotions that relate to those days shouldn’t be special just on one day per year. It should be everyday. I agree with that, but I myself do not look down on these type of holidays. I feel they are still very important, and I am glad they exist. They remind me to be mindful of the value of these people in my life every day of the year.

Father’s Day is a great holiday that helps remind myself how very blessed I am to have a wonderful father, who has been there for me for my entire life. Whether I was a little toddler learning from him how to play baseball, or as a full grown adult, going through serious struggles, Dad has been there.

GDJ; Pixabay

My father has been a very successful person, especially when it comes to work ethic and career. He worked hard to assure our family would never worry about stability or comfort. When he was younger, he sealed his fate for a great future, working hard on his education whether in high school, or college. All of those factors helped him become one of the most trusted and valuable leaders in his career.

When I think about the things I learned from my father, the list is solid, and priceless. I learned how to fish from dad. There was a lake and streams in our neighborhood, so it was the perfect setting. The memories are still crystal when it comes to trout season opening up each april. We would be at the lake bright and early with many others.

I learned everything there was to know about camping. He was one of the leaders of my boy scout troop, and we had so many incredible memories when it came to the hundreds of camping experiences we had. He himself was a boy scout when he was young, so he really enjoyed getting to experience scouting a second time around.

My younger years saw me become a very talented baseball player. Whether it was catcher, pitcher, or third baseman, Dad always worked with me, to practice over and over again. I can remember countless times, standing in the middle of our street playing catch. Sometimes I used that time to practice becoming a better catcher, and vice versa as well, because I spent many of those roadway catches, fine tuning my pitching skills too.

Davey1; Pixabay

Another major skill my father taught me was how to drive a car. From the very first time I ever drove a vehicle on the first day of my “permit” until a year later when I got my full fledged drivers license, me and Dad would go out every weekend on driving adventures. He was very strategic with the routes we took. His goal was to present every type of driving challenge, among every type of landscape, speed limit, one lane, two lane, interstates, etc etc.

It was a learning time, but looking back, it was really something that we both enjoyed. Afterall, as a 16 year old, what could be better than utilizing quality time, to learn how to drive a car. And who would had thought that several years later I would occasionally drive fire engines to emergencies with precision skill.

While my dad and I were total polar opposites in so many ways, that never took away from the fact that my dad has always remained a staple in my life. I have learned that comparing myself to him was not the way to look at the relationship. Because our differences didn’t take anything away from us.

ljcor; Pixabay

Dad is resilient as well, especially when it comes to my more difficult and dark times in my life. My addiction wore my parents very thin, and there would be countless times where they may have wondered if I would truly ever beat the addiction and become a productive person in society again. My Dad never turned his back on me, but he did give tough love ultimatums. Eventually his support helped me find my way into a world of sobriety.

Today he holds no grudges. He has forgiven me, and more important, he has reconciled with me as well. I finally learned that life is too short to waste time doing things that don’t promote the health and love of the relationships that matter.

This is an article I could write on any of the 365 days we have in a year. Father’s Day not only reminds me about how happy I am to have the Dad I have, it helps put in place a mindset where I am mindful about Dad on every day, and not just today.

I am very blessed to have my Dad, and all my great family with me, in my life on a regular basis.These days like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day are true reminders of not just parents, but of the entire family dynamic too.

Free-Photos; Pixabay

Thank you for reading.

By MICHAEL PATANELLA


A Gentleman’s Gentleman was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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