I’m sure years from now, my children will sit around a table at family gatherings and recount the many “Dad-isms” of their growing up years — much as my siblings and siblings-in-law laugh about things our parents said when we were growing up.
And so as I was at a skating rink (yes, they still exist) at our daughter’s 6th birthday party, I found myself saying the above Dad-ism to our eldest daughter, who was on skates for the first time. I knew the instant it came out of my mouth that I was creating fodder for her to laugh at my expense years from now. Nevertheless, the statement was true, and she needed to hear it.
“You’re okay, Babe, you can’t learn if you don’t fall!”
She needed to hear it, because she was afraid of falling.Continue Reading