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Father KidsTraditionally, the father in a household is expected to do the “manly” jobs: fix things, do heavy lifting, be the sports’ coach, carry groceries in from the car (but not cook), wash the car and climb ladders to clean windows. Fathers also are seen as the ones that teach us how to stand up for ourselves, face a problem head on and remain calm during a crisis.

But in reality, we all grew up believing that whatever our father did was what all fathers did – whether it was teaching us how to throw a football or how to sew (yes, many fathers do sew!) Because in real life, fathers can do it all. It just depends on their interests, particular skills and circumstances.

So, thinking about your father on this Father’s day, what did he teach you (or continues to teach you?)

I always wanted to be a teacher. My father was an Economics professor and I loved how he would distill every life lesson into one Economics lecture – a simple model of “supply versus demand”.  He truly inspired my love of learning. – Leena

“Measure twice, cut once!” was a favourite saying from my Dad, whose business was fabricating and installing custom glass & hardware for institutional buildings. – Laural

From a practical perspective: how to wash my glasses properly. For life lessons: true responsibility and love by making the harder choices in order to take proper care of his girls. – Faith


Craftsmanship and attention to detail. He was a busy businessman outside the house, but had a woodworking workshop in the basement of our home. My dad also helped me make my first beaded necklace for a Brownies project when I was six years old, and now I am a professional self-employed jewelry designer. I guess it stuck! – Lara

Dad taught me a love of old movies – a passion of mine to this day.  When I was 15 he took me to see “San Francisco” (1936) at the old Crest Theatre on Mount Pleasant. At the time the only way to see classic cinema was to stay up all night and see it on the “Stardust Cinema” on CBC or in the few movie revival houses. – Barb

Whenever I am planting my garden, I remember my dad teaching me how to plant things. I remember his hands, all dirty, being very careful with the seedlings. While he is gone now , I still feel close to him when I’m kneeling in the dirt, making a new home for a small plant.” – Kate

I learned from my dad to always respect other people and assume the best from them. This is a rare quality that made him a true gentleman. – Richard

How to make a martini, eat escargot, not to be afraid of thunder and lightning, the joy of colour, being outdoors even when it’s raining. – Anne

How to build a cottage from digging the foundation to laying the bricks for the fireplace. He also showed me how to identify clouds because he had been a weatherman in World War Two! – Beth

I learned how to be a kind/generous person and considerate to others. Dad was never confrontational and always able to find diplomatic ways to resolve differences. – Winnie

How to fish, paddle a canoe and tell the good mushrooms from the poisonous ones. – Liam

Note to readers, try this at home: 
In the course of asking the question “what did you learn from your father” I discovered something else –  a great way to celebrate Father’s Day is to ask others what they learned from their father! The stories that flowed in were instructive, funny and heartfelt. Many poured out memories that filled the page, and then the writer thanked me for asking the question.