Father's Day

This Father’s Day, I wanted to ask my Dad some questions that I often don’t  think to ask. I encourage all of us to take the chance to really ask some questions to the Dads in your life.

– Lily

Q: What’s your favorite memory of being a kid?
A: That’s a great question. Some of my fondest memories surround making things. One summer, I collected hundreds of paper milk cartons and, using my moms paraffin wax for canning vegetables, stapled and resealed the cartons. I used hundreds of rubber bands to bind them together and built an 8 foot boat my dad and I loaded on the family station wagon and I navigated about 2 miles on the Saucony Creek with it and a paddle. I can literally close my eyes and remember building it from start to finish.

Q: What’s your favorite memory of your dad?
A: The fact that he never missed a day of work, ever. Never called in sick. Never didn’t go. My determination stems from that example.

Q: What was one special thing you and your dad used to do together?
 Hunting pheasants and trout fishing. Both started at an early age. Fishing at age 6. Hunting at 13. It was every day all season long every year.

Q: What is the most important thing your dad taught you?
A: Self reliance and never giving up.

Q: What did you want to be when you grew up?
A: Independent and self employed 

Q: Who was your best friend as a kid? And what was your favorite game or thing to do when you went out to play?
A: Keith Haring. We drew or painted together since we were 5-6 yrs old. 

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do with your kids?
A: Making things and teaching those skills and traveling together in general.

Q: What’s your top advice for young dads?
 Support any dream your children have. It’s not your job to choose a path. It is your job to provide unwavering support.

Q: What’s your proudest moment as a father?
A: Watching them each grow and learn to be good people.

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