We all have a rolemodel, but who is yours?
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And now, let’s begin…
Day 6: Who is someone that inspires you and why?
If you’ve been around my blog for any length of time now, you’ll know that there is only really one person who meets the bill, and that’s my Dad. If you’re new here, then welcome, and get comfortable.
Dad was one of those men in life; gentle, calm, effortless. He never wanted for anything much, never wanted for luxuries or fast cars. A larger chap, Dad walked with a stick and a slight limp. He always carried a telescopic metal walking stick and he’d use it to zap you if there was static in the air. Even if there wasn’t, charging it up as he walked around the superstores and zapping us if we walked too slow was one of his favourite things to do. You walk a lot faster if there’s a constant fear of being zapped by Dad!
Dad had a cracking sense of humour and he was bound to make you smile. He got on with anyone and everyone, men and women alike. At the same time though, Dad never had a need to be liked. Dad was just himself, and you could like him or you could leave him as you choose.
Dad taught me a great many things, from woodwork to wit and how to be “cool”. Dad taught me how to be mindful, how to call out injustices without being angry and how to handle the world with grace and efficiency. Dad taught me how to think strategically, to talk less and listen more and to hear people through their actions, rather than their words.
It was through him that I also found my love for human behaviour and psychology.
Today, I have a huge love and a knack for DIY, and it was my Dad that gave that to me. I can identify furniture parts without thinking about it and I can think of solutions to problems without having to consult Google. Matt never deals with a majority of the odd DIY jobs that need doing around the home and that’s sort of in part because I won’t let him – I can get a little bit possessive when it comes to DIY!
Lastly, my sense of fun is my Dad’s, and my father was always a prankster. His favourite prank was to tape a party popper to the underside of his colleagues’ desk, then tie a length of string to the cord and tie the other end of the string to their chair. When his colleague pulled their chair to sit down, the party popper would go off. Another one of his favourite pranks was the time he rubbed blue gel food colouring over the inside of the shower head one April Fool’s Day, right before my mother had a shower ahead of an important meeting. Of course he gave his best Father of the Year impression and got us all ready for school, but really, it was all part of the ruse. My poor mother ran the shower and narrowly stepped into it while the water ran royal blue. She thought my Dad was crying in their bedroom but no, my Dad was in hysterics!
So, should we ever meet and you fall victim to my mischief or my pranks, please don’t blame me for the carnage caused. From popping gates and chairs and surprise squeaking spring-loaded ‘worms’ that jump out when the lid of the tea caddy is opened, it’s all my father’s fault!
That’s it from me for today Twisties! Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for my next Bloganuary post!
Until next time,
Stay safe & have fun,
Dad passed away on 7th March 2019 after a short battle with leukemia. Absent in body, but always in our hearts.
For my posts on grief and losing a loved one to cancer, start here.