Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Everything I need to know I learned from my father

Coriander goes with everything.

Don't practice random kindness. Practice systematic, deliberate kindness.

Sometimes a good cry really does help.

People hush up when you sing to them. (Note: this is particularly useful when you've got a colicky baby on your hands.)

It's never a bad idea to stop for a think break.

If something's worth doing, it's worth doing

  • with your whole heart
  • with great precision
  • with apparent ease

Money is just marks on paper. Music starts out that way too. The difference is that the bank can't take away the stuff you get from music.

(Nevertheless, more money is always better than less money.)

You don't have to have all the answers as long as you have a general idea of what the questions are.

Cynical doesn't equal sophisticated. Enthusiastic doesn't equal naive.

If you're looking for attention, "Bother", "Rats", and "Phooey" are better bets than more conventional obscenities.

It's never too early or too late to learn another instrument.

Everyone always speaks in code. If you pay attention, they'll give you their code book.

Even if you proofread and proofread again, it's still possible to produce a "Thrid Quarter Report" so you might as well relax and not be such a perfectionist.

Music is best heard from the inside.

There's no such thing as too much garlic.

n.b. Several of these things I can't yet claim to have learned from him. Maybe someday.

(This is a version of something I wrote for him for his birthday many years ago. I was going to wait and post it on his birthday this year, but time is hanging heavily on my hands tonight and I'm impatient. So happy un-birthday, Dad!)


Anonymous said...

there may be better things in life than being admired by one's favourite daughter but just now I can't think of any. What a wonderful unbirthday present.

Anonymous said...

this is lovely. i have my most memorable "wall wisdom" from you, and I've added this to my collection, right beside the "God is Dead - Nietzche, Nietzche is Dead - God". I must admit thought that to my version I have added that it is never too late to learn another language ... case in point. I'm going to speak English, french, italian, spanish, vietnamese and portuguese ... hopefully by the time I'm 40. xxxx delilah bluefoot