“My father is, and will always be, a military man. My brothers and sister and I steered away from the military life, for one reason or another, but it doesn’t mean we didn’t learn from it. Growing up, Dad tried to run a tight ship. Here are some of his doctrines:
Always be on time
In fact, be a little early… for everything. If you’re 30 seconds late to Sunday dinner, you will get a phone call.
‘What is your E.T.A.?’
‘On our way – just running a little late!’
‘Well we are hungry so make it fast.’
Always leave places early
My father never stays until the end of anything. Ever. Sporting events, school events, family gatherings, and even church. Growing up, I thought baseball games were only 7 innings long because I never saw the 8th or 9th innings.
‘We need to beat the traffic, you can listen to it on the radio…’
Today, when sitting in traffic after a game at Fenway Park, I always remember this sage advice, but it is usually too late.
Never wear pants at home
This one isn’t military driven, this is just him. No big deal. Well, not a big deal until a friend came over, then we had to quickly usher Dad into another room, or throw a blanket over him. He wanted to be comfortable and you can’t knock him for it.
These traits were all important to us growing up and will most likely stay with me as I raise my family.
I promise to wear pajama pants around the house though.”
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