The last night before Dad came home, my sister Jennifer and I spent the night with him in his hospital room. It was very late, and he told us he was tired and was ready to go to sleep. He said, “Night, night,” and we both responded by telling him good night. Then he said, “OK, good night” and we said good night. This went on for several exchanges until finally I said goodnight and he said “Shhhh! Quit saying that!” and we figured out that he wanted to get the last word in.
*Always try your best to laugh, especially at yourself.
*Don’t waste time thinking too much about something or worrying when you can just do it – set a goal and give it your full effort, or, as Dad liked to say, “Hit it!”
*Find something that you love to do and share it with others.
*When you make a commitment, stick to it.
*Live life to the fullest – don’t wait to do the things that are on your Bucket List – spend as much time as you can with people you love and doing the things you love.
Thanks, Dad, for the late-night talks, the laughs, the lessons, the support, the love, and the perspective.