Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lasting Impressions

A few weeks ago I was watching Todd Bridges on Oprah talk about his childhood and how it effects how he is around his children today. He said that he always tries to be happy and in a good mood around his kids because he doesn't want them to remember him as being mad or cranky, the way he remembers his father.

That comment really stuck with me. I think all parents should take the time to think about what kind of "memories" they are making for their children. You never know what things kids will remember. I do not have kids but I don't want my nieces, nephews, friends, neighbors,etc. to remember me as a negative person or someone that was always unhappy. I'm sure if you stop and think about it you can pull people from your life into one those lists.

I think about the people in my life that always seem to be "Happy". My dad is one of these people. I know he has not always had perfect days but you'd never know it. He is funny, loving and always goes the extra mile to add a smile to someone Else's face. I really noticed this once we became "friends" on facebook. He takes the time to leave people little comments when they are not having a good day, or leave remarks on pictures to show interest in what other people have going on. My dad is my hero and the person I most look up to and try to be like.

Last December my dad moved to TN and I sure do miss having him live right around the corner! Love you dad!


Deb said...

Visiting from Java's!! Would you believe I live in TN?!?!? I could be neighbors with your Dad!! Hope you have a great weekend...stay safe!

Patrice said...

Hi, Holly! I'm following. Come on over and check out my little blog in the country! Don't forget to say "hi" when you do.
Have a great weekend!

Pam Ponder said...

stopping by from Friday follow over 40, I am following come on over and check out my post today my baby turns 26 today
have an awesome weekend!!!

jensays (what would jen do) said...

that is a really good point, i never thought about how i wouldn't want to be remembered as the cranky lady. even tho i am a cranky lady, kids don't need to be subjected to that.