Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Guideposts - Week24

Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for it's own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts.
~Mary Ellen Chase

My father and I had bedtime stories and games, holidays and camping expeditions--but to this day I think of my dad with gratitude when I grab a tool.  I can feel him looking calmly over my shoulder reminding me by example not to get impatient.  And when the job is finally done, I know the credit is his not mine.

Wishing you a Father's Day filled with warm memories,


  1. My husband knows how to fix almost anything from the many hours spent with his dad. His dad was patient too.

    Thank you yet again for your kind words...I know you are a loving person who looks for the good in people. Doesn't it make life so much more enjoyable? :)

  2. Oh my goodness....I could have written that very post. My dad also believed in manual labor and teaching by example. My siblings and I have been told by our various bosses many times about our strong work ethic. We all attribute it to learning at a very early age from our dad! Great post. Lori L

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