Things your family said that always stuck with you

Things your family said that always stuck with you

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    Things your family said that always stuck with you

    I'll start off with two things my mother always said that I'll never forget:

    There's already enough ugly in the world, no need to add more by not using manners.

    Turkeys are done, people are finished. (in regards to "my homeworks done", etc.)

    My grandfather:

    Just remember, young man.. there is a such thing as being educated past your usefulness.
    "Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God." - Benjamin Franklin
    "Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn." - C.S. Lewis


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    My wife (late 40s) was walking out of the house and got a little stitch in her side. My 9 year old's quip, "Mom is that old age acting up or are you pregnant again?" I about fell over with laughter and said "If Mom's pregnant again, she's got some explaining to do".

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    Dear old mom used to always tell me... "If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bull****." I've tried to live my life by that motto.

    Also, I'd hear "Quit being stupid or I'll backhand you." Too bad parents today don't use that one more often...

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    My grandfather would yell "Get those tadpoles away from my nudie cards!"

    Grandpa surely did like his nudie cards. And bourbon.
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    My Mom was born with an immune deficiency. She had no resistance to lung diseases and when she was a senior in high school, her lower left lung was removed. She spent more time in the hospital than at home or in school. Yet, she graduated valedictorian and played basketball. She went on to play semi-pro women's basketball. She was a fighter. Very scrappy - and the epitome of positive thinking.

    She passed many wise tidbits to me, but the biggest one is:

    "You don't have to look very far to find someone in worse shoes than yourself."

    That was the reason she overcame so many obstacles. She NEVER felt sorry for herself.

    She died on Labor Day at the age of 58.

    I miss her so much.
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    My Dad used to tell me, "wimp is a four letter word". I had no idea what he meant until I was older. Another thing that stuck with me was "trust is a funny thing...it takes a long time to build, yet can be destroyed in an instant". He only had to tell me that once.

    My Dad's father was an abusive drunk. He wasn't around much and didn't say anything of significance that I remember, but he taught me a very valuable lesson on how to not be a man, dad and grandpa. Fortunately, my Dad is a wonderful example of all 3. Those unspoken examples will always stay with me.

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    My father always told me " when faith turns to hope, its time to react. "
    Don"t let stupid be your skill set....

    Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means, that you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you......

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    My Dad says "Wish in one hand and [poop] in the other, and see which gets full the fastest."
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    These are things I grew-up hearing from my parents:

    1. Honesty and Integrity go hand-in-hand. Someone who lies about little things will lie about the big things and can't be trusted.

    2. A good reputation is hard to get and easy to lose. A bad reputation is easy to get and hard to lose.

    3. Choose your actions and friends wisely as you will be remembered by both.

    4. Anything worth doing is worth doing right. Be proud of your work and always do your best.

    5. You can never learn to much, and you never stop learning. Your experience and training helps you succeed in life.

    They are all simple maxims, but there is truth in all of them.

    There is one more that I've added for my family - "There is no sympathy for stupidity"

    The point is that everyone makes mistakes, but smart people learn from them and don't repeat them. So, if you do something that you knew was stupid, get hurt or in trouble, then don't expect anyone to feel bad for you." The kids used to hate that when they were younger, but they understand it now and it does seem to have helped them make better choices.

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    My mom used to (and still says to her grandkids) "Everyone deserves courtesy until they prove to you they don't."
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    Don't join the army, you are throwing your life away!

    I retired as a SGM, got 2 degrees while in, met my wife, had an exciting and rewarding job, got to shoot things, blow things up, fly and jump out of airplanes, have a good retirement check, continuing education, medical care for the family, salary enabled me to invest and save up for retirement and send my kid to college with zero loans.

    Soometimes you shouldn't listen to mom,dad, and the sisters.
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    Besides the lessons taught by blood family, my "Fire/Rescue/EMS family" taught me, over a 35 year career, 2 more:

    NEVER is a long time!!!! and Surprises are nice....on your Birthday!!! Very appropriate to civilian life as well.

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    "Failing to plan is planning to fail"

    Dad also used to say the thing about wishing and pooing, and it never seemed like a very good thing to say to me, but I occasionally feel like using it on some kids at work.

    My grandpa always said "work is a 4-letter word" (which took me a long time to understand) but even though I understand the 4-letter word part now I still don't know why HE said that. He was the hardest working guy I know.
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    My Uncle Ray would yell "Get Off My Lawn!" I used to think it was because he was drunk, but as I got older and wiser I realized he just didn't like me.
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    I have a very strict gun control policy: if there's a gun around, I want to be in control of it.
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    My Vermonter dad, who made it a point to raise me to be thrifty, independent, and contrarian (ie, an old school Yankee), was fond of saying "You make your bed, you lie in it."

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