Father Knows Best

My Dad has been a high school English teacher for over 30 years. Naturally, he couldn’t help but teach his own daughter a few things, too.

1. All of life’s answers can be found in “To Kill a Mockingbird.” My Dad is a faithful husband, but if he crossed paths with the 87-year-old author, Harper Lee, I would most likely have a stepmother. He dedicates approximately three months of each school year to her book, and dreams of one day going on a pilgrimage to Alabama to scout out the origins of the novel. Dad has always encouraged me to read, with this story of racial inequality and injustice at the top of the list. 

I’m just thankful he has good literary taste.

2. Wegmans is where it’s at. When my Dad retires from teaching, my family is fairly certain he will get a job behind the deli counter at Wegmans, the upscale grocery store chain where he can be found on any given weeknight.  

We support his dream, and look forward to the free, thinly-sliced cold cuts.

3. Sometimes when you watch re-runs of “The Office,” you laugh so hard—and loudly—that your spouse runs downstairs to see what’s wrong. You’re fine, but they’re annoyed.

In June’s End Points, Courtney Mathiowitz, NALP, Marketing Manager for HallKeen Management, shares 10 things she learned from her own Dad.

1. Every kid should own a hamster. Gerbils, hamsters, bunnies, cats, dogs—you name it, I had it. My Dad’s theory was that every kid should have a hamster to understand responsibility, accountability and priorities. Although it may have taken me a few hamster casualties, runaway gerbils and escaped bunnies, I learned that I’m accountable for not only my actions but for others as well.

2. Never go to bed angry. This advice has actually been passed down from my Grandmother to my Dad. I’ve learned to solve my issues before I go to bed at night. Whether it’s staying late at work to finish a project or simply taking a deep breath to remember tomorrow is a new day, I value never going to bed angry.

3. Ask good questions. I’ve been hearing this advice since my first day in pre-school. My Dad taught me to never be afraid to ask any questions. Good questions, in particular, lead to good answers and have helped me to understand how to work best in my job. People appreciate inquisitiveness. 

My father, on the other hand, appreciates Atticus Finch.

For more, check out End Points in the June issue of units Magazine, which mails June 11.