I Learned a Lot From My Father

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 441 People

    Dad, 8th Grade Dropout But A World Of Know-how

    I remember being the cocky type of teenager or early 20 something comparing myself to my father. He had never graduated from high school dropping out after 8th grade, going to work with his hands as a mechanic. He didn't do well in school in fact he read on a 6th grade level. I...
    dustin15 dustin15
    36-40, M
    1 Response Apr 29, 2012
    rehn65 rehn65
    18-21, M
    Nov 28, 2014

    My Father Is A Very Smart Man

    My father is a very smart man. Yet at times I seem to hate him more than anything in this world. He is a very talented individual, handsome (probably where my looks came from), and very social...while in China. Twenty years after coming to the US with my mom and with...
    TheAsianSensation TheAsianSensation
    16-17, M
    Feb 16, 2010

    Daddy Dearest:)

    The one person whom i'll always look up to is my father. Of late, i realised that he knows me more than i thought he did. The is fully aware of the things i do and though they are somethings that my family wouldn't approve of sometimes, he just lets me be. :) He taught me the...
    siddha siddha
    18-21, F
    1 Response Feb 24, 2009

    He Is My Hero Forever

    everytime if i am wake up i hope he will kiss my forehead and said everything will gonna be okay because he has promises to me will be back again..but i realize he wont never comeback even how much time i should waiting in front of the door. i missed his voice, i remembered when...
    myselfhere myselfhere
    22-25, F
    1 Response Apr 29, 2012

    Thank You, Daddy.

    My Dad has always been teaching me, he shares all the interesting things he learns with me and I often look to him for advice and opinions. He has taught me, and more importantly he has taught me to always seek more knowledge. He instilled in me the neverending thirst for...
    gloomysunday gloomysunday
    18-21, F
    Feb 12, 2010

    He Taught Me How to Be a Good Mom.

    Most of my relatives are very undemonstrative and my mother is one of them.  I love her, but I've never heard her say those words to me and in 39 years, I've never even gotten a hug from her.  My father on the other hand is the biggest mush-ball.  He's all 'I love...
    Oouie Oouie
    36-40, F
    1 Response Apr 8, 2008

    But Now He Is Gone

    My dad was a great teacher, demanding but patient. He expected you to learn, but didn't mind mistakes. He was always will to explain and show you what he knew. He told me once "experience is the greatest teacher, but the tuition is high" How true that is. I miss him, but he...
    loopnscc loopnscc
    46-50, M
    1 Response Nov 18, 2011

    Dad, the Story-teller

    Dad   (I miss you.)               Dad was an Independent Baptist preacher (emphasis on the ‘Independent’), but he was so much more than that: writer, singer, artist, carpenter, amateur architect...
    mamapolo mamapolo
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Oct 5, 2008

    My Dad Shaped My Life

    My dad was a jeweler and a master watch maker. He could rebuild a V8 engine or the many houses we lived in, all by himself. He could farm or garden, raise cattle or horses, and he loved to go fishing. He was a Georgia Cracker who never understood racism and thought that was...
    onlinegrandpa onlinegrandpa
    61-65
    15 Responses Feb 12, 2010
    Seblett Seblett
    16-17, F
    1 Response Jul 28, 2014

    I learned that only a coward leaves his kids

    behind. I learned to not expect people to come back to you at a young age. I learned that just cause you share blood with someone, it doesn't make you family. You gotta earn that. I learned that I will never let him in my life, if he wasn't here the whole time then that's his...
    Alexander401 Alexander401
    16-17, T
    Dec 26, 2014

    For My Father

    My father was the greatest man I ever knew. He quit school at 12 to support his Mom and 2 sisters and brother.  His father worked on the railroad but he was an alcoholic, and my father used to get called by the bartender to come and get him when he spent all his money...
    Whiskeyjim Whiskeyjim
    46-50, M
    Sep 19, 2009

    My Father's Daughter

    I am the slightly shy, female version of my father.  Of his four children, I look and act the most like him.  It sounds bad I know, but I was his favorite overall and we managed to become best friends as I entered adulthood.  I think of anyone in my life, my father...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    3 Responses Sep 10, 2008

    He Sure Did

    Yep, my father taught me that I do not EVER want to be with or marry a guy like him, my father. I thank him for showing me how ****** he really was and still is because now I know all the negative warning signs to watch out for in a man who is of evil...
    WoundsAreWaysToRevealUs WoundsAreWaysToRevealUs
    22-25
    3 Responses Jun 8, 2010

    My Dad Is Crazy Cool

    One of the most valuable lessons my father taught me was the value of my word. If I EVER said I was going to do something to anyone, I had better do it. He never backed down on his word. Everytime he said he was going to do something, he did it. As a child I never lived up to my...
    Silver01ta Silver01ta
    31-35, M
    1 Response Apr 8, 2008

    My Father Taught Me

    "Whatever you do in life, always do your best at it". Words I try to live by. 
    Dragon56 Dragon56
    61-65, M
    Jan 7, 2010

    Southern Zen

    He'd give you the shirt off his back; the cold doesn't phase him.  He stands so quiet and unshakeable despite how much he has seen.  In the living room, he drawls simple truths to me over a movie running in the background.  He likes to stay at home.  He's a...
    usetheforceluke usetheforceluke
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Feb 11, 2010

    Dad........What to Say

    Dad, I write this knowing that someday you will be gone and I may not be there to say goodbye. I believe that I got my hard work ethic from you, from times that I remember you had a truck route with Pepsi back in the old days, then you moved to wonder bread.  You showed...
    mtvlm mtvlm
    41-45, M
    Feb 20, 2009

    What Not To Do

    I learned a lot from my old man. I learned that alcohol ruins not only your life, but your family's. I learned that hitting someone doesn't make you more of a man. I learned that it is in no way acceptable to ever hit your child. I learned that you buy yourself a ticket to hell...
    mattandnetta mattandnetta
    22-25, M
    2 Responses Nov 24, 2012

    I learned that different culture have different

    lifestyles and it can be a lot more difficult to survive than others, I also learned how to care deeply for others. Taught me right from wrong (literally). Turned me into someone that isn't proud of themselves....
    BlackBloodDemon BlackBloodDemon
    13-15, M
    1 Response May 24, 2015

    Daddy's Little Girl Is A Woman Now

    Of all the people in my life that I am proud to have there beside me, I've got to credit my Dad the most. Unfortunately he took a turn for the worst within these past recent years, and that turn caused us to drift apart. But I've never forgotten who he used to be, and all of the...
    Guinevere5290 Guinevere5290
    18-21, F
    Feb 9, 2012

    What I Learned From My Dad...

    Working in the food industry sucks, and everyone who works in it is probably a criminal, drug addict, or both. Haunted abandoned houses suck. Especially the basements. If I start smoking cigs, I'll be hacking up my lungs every morning. Don't become a drug addict. I can win a...
    delirium delirium
    18-21, F
    Jun 17, 2010

    A Lot..

    Don't drink too much alcohol.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Mar 9, 2008

    We were always close.

    It was about a week and a half before he died. A warm Spring day with the windows finally opened, and mom and I were sitting on the bed with him and chatting. Mom and I got off on a tangent and a minute or two later, we looked back at Dad, who was patting his hands together...
    Windandwonder Windandwonder
    51-55, M
    Jun 6, 2014

    He Was My Teacher

    I only had my dad for 13 years of my life. But, in that time the things that he had taught me have stuck with me. There was a time when I had forgotten about the lessons that came from him. But, yet they were always there in the back of my mind. The one lesson that he gave me...
    tjsgirl tjsgirl
    46-50, F
    1 Response Jun 7, 2010

    Why Don't You Like Me Daddy?

    “Why Don’t You Like Me, Daddy?” is a courageous story about the cause and effects of physical and verbal child abuse. The cause is most likely from bipolar disorder; The Effects are explained by the author and the many behaviors that lead up to his diagnoses. Stereotyping...
    cffarmercarl cffarmercarl
    51-55, M
    Jun 27, 2012

    Hope

    I think my father is the only reason why I haven't killed myself already... He is a noble man and I will always respect him from the bottom of my heart.
    SeraphicWannabe SeraphicWannabe
    22-25, M
    4 Responses Sep 4, 2008

    Now that I am an old grandfather I realize how

    much I learned from my father. He was a tough man but his family values were the solid pillar where he built a great family. He had no formal education, he was working in the fields since he was a boy. Then he moved to a small city to give us a better future. He could not help...
    pacodad pacodad
    70+, M
    Dec 14, 2015

    Daddy

    I did, i learned so much. And I miss him so much because he was my mentor. He taught me so many ideals and made me such an amazing person. Dad, i wouldn't be anywhere near the person i am today if you weren't there.. I wish i knew this before you had to go..I wish u didn't have...
    CrazyHappySad CrazyHappySad
    26-30, F
    2 Responses May 26, 2012

    I secretly hate talking to my Dad.

    It's not that he's done anything wrong. I see myself in him. He raised me my whole life and since I was 15 nothing but bad things have been happening to him. Now his health has become an issue and there's nothing I can do about that. Every time we talk its "oh they found this...
    PopeBePimpin PopeBePimpin
    22-25, M
    Jun 17, 2015

    Never Appreciated What I Had....

    Now I would give the world to have it again.  I love my dad.  He passed away from cancer in 2002.  That being said, I wish I would have appreciated him more while he was on Earth.  My dad was not, by and large, an intellectual. He was a quiet, intelligent...
    patchworkofmistakes patchworkofmistakes
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Feb 10, 2008

    Things My Father Taught Me

    My father taught me never to judge, always accept people for their backgrounds, forgive, don't be bitter, don't discriminate, but don't hate those who discriminate against you. He told me to always work hold and told me that I don't "deserve" anything, I have to work for it. He...
    LittleMaryMe LittleMaryMe
    26-30, F
    Mar 14, 2013

    Miss You Pap

    For 13 years my Dad raised me. He taught me to be strong and respect those who respect mr. sadly he died of cancer.2 years ago. I miss him terribly but his words have stayed in my heart.. Each lesson he taught me sticks to my mind. I miss you pap.
    saphirelake saphirelake
    13-15, F
    Sep 25, 2012
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