My dad taught me a lot of life lessons over the years. I always really loved these talks that we had, because he’s definitely someone I look up to. From time to time, I catch myself making gestures or facial expressions exactly like his. Always makes me smirk to myself, I guess that’s what genes do. We’ve always had a unique relationship, since day one. Full House was a favorite of ours, tons of great memories watching it on our couch together! I really have to admit, I was quite the daddy’s girl as a kid. Also, while I’m admitting things, I can also honestly say that I was pretty spoiled back then… Zoey got what Zoey wanted… mostly from her daddy. Poor guy often fell victim to my guilt tripping. So, this is why I completely fell apart the first time he really laid down the law. I must have been around 6 or 7 years old, used to renting movies at our neighbourhood movie rental place… gotta love the good old days! Movies n’ Stuff was a fun place to be. One evening, not being able to make a choice between two kids’ movies, I insisted that we get both. When my dad declared there would only be one movie viewing that evening, I wasn’t having any of it… on the floor I went, kicking and screaming. Ah, temper tantrums… such a fun part of childhood, right?
Well, no really meant no this time! He had made his decision. So, being the ‘clever’ child that I was, I calmly said, “I won’t feed you anymore if you don’t let me get both” (yes, I lovingly fed my parents as a kid… what can I say, I have always been one of a kind!). That was the end, my dad picked me up and carried me home to have a nice little talk. Thus came the father-daughter discussion I will never forget. My dad sat me down and calmy explained to me what blackmail is and why it’s wrong. As a child, I was confused how this is any different from what he sometimes did with me… a friendly fatherly bribe. “If you do this, then I’m gonna…” vs. “When you finish, you can…” it was quite the talk! Still haven’t forgotten the difference between the two, and thinking back on it always makes me happy. Who knows where I’d be without these fatherly lessons I got… blackmailing a boss, perhaps? “If you dare tell me what to do, I will stop sharing my daily jokes with you?!” 🙂