- He approached things logically with me not just emotionally.
- He inspired a good work ethic by example.
- He was protective as, I believe, is unique to a father of only one child.
- He made me aware that I was very important to him and many of his decisions were made solely on the premise that I was the center of his world.
- He rehearsed "what if" situations--possible dangers--until he felt that I knew how to correctly respond in the event they happened (fire, car going into a body of water, a panicked crowd, etc.).
- He analyzed people and what motivated them and communicated those "readings" of human nature to me.
- He taught me about God, morality and character--and lead by example.
- He encouraged me to think.
- He made me feel very safe.
- He made me laugh with his quick wit.
- He taught me a great appreciation of language by enriching my life with the colorful vernacular of his generation and those southern expressions with which he had grown up hearing.
- He taught me to drive a stick shift, to fish, to hunt, and the list could go on.
- He allowed me to see his hurts and made me be okay with being human.
- He hated arrogance and held up humility as the better choice.
- He was a man of his word and demanded integrity.
- He made me believe that I could be anything that I chose to be--he empowered me!
- He made me believe that he would die for me!
- He would not allow disrespect of himself nor of my mother.
- He taught me to say "Yes, sir," "Yes, ma'am," "No, sir," No, ma'am," "Thank you," and "Please."
- He gave me a wonderful love of animals.
- He passed on a love of gardening--of growing things.
- He taught me the art of persuasion because he did not give in to my every whim. . . (to be added to as I remember)
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Being a daddy's girl; a tribute to my dad on his 1st birthday in Heaven
Paul Keith Parks, Oct. 1, 1927--March 6, 2013