Like My Daddy Used to Say

Brian Strahle
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Today is the 5 year anniversary of the day my dad left this world.  It's hard to believe it's been 5 years.

My dad was a handyman who could fix just about anything.  He had a workshop full of tools (every tool known to mankind).  Growing up, it seemed like every weekend we were working on something around the house, the car or building something. 

My dad worked at the same company for over 40 years.  He started at the company right out of high school.  He started in the mail room and worked his way up to drafting supervisor where he managed a group of approximately 30 employees.

My mom and dad where also married for over 40 years.  My dad was a loving, funny, and organized father and husband.  He worked very hard and was very particular about things.  He did things in a very orderly fashion, had his tools extremely organized.  Everything was in its place.  He was always checking and "double-checking" things.  One example of this would be, when we would leave the house (especially on vacation), he would double-check, triple-check or quadruple check the locks on the doors.  He tried to make sure everything was always in tip-top shape.  He had a maintenance schedule for all of the appliances, yard equipment and cars (he actually followed them). 

My dad also loved to play games.  Board games, card games, and games in the yard.  I can still remember playing horseshoes in the yard with him.  We would play and play. 

In the years before he died, he loved playing with my kids.  My kids and him would play all kinds of board games.  They would laugh and laugh.  I miss that so much.

Today, I can see my dad in myself, in alot of things I do and how I act.  I am a very detailed, organized person.  I am particular in how things get done.  I like to take care of my home and cars.  I see myself as a preventer and fixer.  I try to make the lives of my wife and kids as easy as possible.  My wife and kids come to me all the time with things that need fixed. For example, my wife can struggle with an issue all day, and I will come home and fix it in 5 minutes.  The same happens with my kids.

Next month I will turn 40.  I can't believe it.  My kids are growing up so fast.  It's just a reminder that the cycle of life continues and keeps going.  We can't stop it.  It is also a reminder that we must focus on the things that matter in life.  The fact is, things don't matter, people do.

Life is short.  Eternity is forever.

Like my daddy used to say . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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