Dads can be full of wisdom, wit and painfully corny dad jokes. So, in honor of Father’s Day, we decided to ask our staff, “What is your favorite advice, joke or words of wisdom you’ve ever received from your dad?”
Let’s just say the answers were enlightening, especially, when it comes to learning more about Push staffers.
My dad could tell you a joke and you didn’t know it was a joke because he was so convincing. Once when we were driving to Myrtle Beach, I commented that I thought Brookgreen Gardens was in another location. (These gardens have lots of statues, plants and I think a small zoo.) My dad said it used to be in the other location but they moved it. He never let on that he was joking.
Me: I’m tired.
Dad: Hi tired, I’m Dad.
Not my dad, but a friend’s in reference to whining about something.
“Cry two tears in bucket, f*** it”
My dad has always called me Libby growing up. And while I was playing sports, he would always say “Go Libby go.” Either in person before a game or he would text it to me. Now that I’m older, he still says it all the time when I accomplish something or he will even just randomly text me and say it. It’s a little joke we’ve had as far back as I can remember and it always makes me smile 🙂
“Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you’re an idiot and you make bad choices, Phil.”
I get this phrase a lot in conversation with my dad and I’m still not 100% sure what it means: “If a frog had wings, it wouldn’t bump its ass.”
My dad wasn’t really the joking or advice-giving type, but whenever I’d leave, he’d say to me, “Bye, son. I’ll look for ya when I see ya comin’.”
“Better to be thought of as an idiot than to open your mouth and confirm it” – Chris Murray
Me: “Dad, everybody picked on me because of my haircut. This is TERRIBLE! I’m so upset!!!”
Dad: “Well honey, everybody ain’t wrong…”
It was a really bad haircut TBH.
My dad always told me “You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you get what you need.” He had me convinced until I was a teenager that he came up with that and not The Rolling Stones.
Whenever I complained about something my dad would always respond, “Suck it up buttercup. Pain is weakness leaving the body.” The first time he used it I had fallen and scraped my knee. I was 7…
My dad died when I was a kid, so I don’t remember much of what he said. But I do remember some anecdotal advice in the form of a story my mom has always told me about him.
He was a master cabinetmaker, so people would commission him to build furniture for them on the side. One day, he was delivering a chair to a lady who’d hired him to build one, but hadn’t paid for it yet. While standing on her front porch, she decided to try and negotiate the price.
Rather than entertain the negotiation, he picked up the chair, carried it back down her porch steps and smashed the entire thing in her front yard. He then collected all the pieces, tossed them into the bed of his truck and drove off.
“Never trust anyone whose first name is an initial.”—from Richard Rokicki (the original Rock)
My dad has a very reserved humor, and he’s as stoic as John Wayne. The only joke I can remember him telling was at our wedding rehearsal. “No refunds, no returns, please take her!”
At least I hope it was a joke?
Whenever I had a tantrum as a child, my dad would laugh at me until I started laughing at myself. It wasn’t necessarily a joke, but he always had a way of calming me down when I was upset. To this day, I think he has ingrained this coping mechanism in me. For instance, when I’m in an argument with someone, I’ll sometimes start laughing and can’t stop. Half the time it resolves the issue, and the other half it makes the situation ten times worse.
Thanks Dad, I guess the joke’s on me.
My dad is full of wisdom, but recently he told me, “Always take the high road. Unless someone smacks you, then smack them back but harder.”
It made me laugh.
“On the baseline…” my dad was my basketball coach growing up… and when we asked how long we had to run for he’d say “you’re going to run until I get tired.”
One of my dad’s best sayings is “Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes. Then you will be a mile away from that person and have their shoes.”
My father wasn’t one for quotes, but when I was around 10 he put a very age inappropriate book in my hand called Pet Cemetery and told me to read it. I devoured every gore filled page. I would continue to devour books for the next 30 years.
When I was little I associated accomplishing “big kid” things, like tying my shoes, to getting on a school bus…because that’s what the big kids did, right? So when I would be proud of myself for doing something I would say, “I’m big now, I’m school bus!” To this day whenever I do something that makes my dad proud of me he’ll text me and say, “You’re big now, you’re school bus!”
My dad is also full of wisdom but growing up he often told me to “build a bridge and get over it” whenever I made a complaint. Super helpful, Dad. Thanks.
After getting the tuition bill that included my College of Charleston summer school semester class schedule – Politics of Latin American Film, Intermediate Sailing, Beginning Horseback Riding – Dad had this to say, “Phillip, I thought I was paying for summer school, not summer camp.”
“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right.”
My dad didn’t make this up but he made my sister and I memorize this poem when we were in elementary school:
“I bargained with Life for a penny,
And Life would pay no more,
However I begged at evening
When I counted my scanty store;
For Life is just an employer,
He gives you what you ask,
But once you have set the wages,
Why, you must bear the task.
I worked for a menial’s hire,
Only to learn, dismayed,
That any wage I had asked of Life,
Life would have paid.”
Whenever I’d leave the house on a Friday night in high school (usually with Matt), my dad would call to us as we were walking out the door, “Remember who you are, and who you represent.”
That’s really the only advice you ever need – whether you’re with Matt or not.