V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #40: Things My Father Said*

(* or any male of influence growing up.)

I can’t count the number of times my father’s words hover over me, even though he’s been gone since 2005. He was the king of platitudes – constantly quoting (and making us recite) the works of Dale Carnegie, or Norman Vincent Peale.

“Mind over matter,” he’d say tapping his temple. “It’s all up here.”

I wonder if Dad knows how much he’s influenced me? Does he look down from Heaven and smile at my rumination, or is he still present – a spirit over my shoulder whispering these notions into my ear?

“Winners never quit and quitters never win!” has been lingering lately to lift me out of my doldrums.

Funny thing is, most of what my father used to say was more annoying than inspirational while he was alive. Ours was a love/ hate relationship. I guess that is one of life’s tragic ironies: we really don’t appreciate what we have till it’s gone.

Okay, now it’s your turn.

To participate, create a post on your blog and then link back here. Tag your post with VJWC and remember to read (or better yet, follow) the works of others. All are welcome.

Looking forward to your responses.

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

45 thoughts on “V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #40: Things My Father Said*

    1. I think you conveyed many things, Olga. What you father suffered, and survived. How he worked hard. I was interested that he seldom smiled. He must have born much tragedy. How wonderful that he found freedom and a family.

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  1. My father was not a man of many words. Actions spoke volumes. I might try another male figure. Even then, it wasn’t the words that are memorable, but the actions. Weird!

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