My Father


All I want to say to my dad; put in words, by Ann Landers

When I was 4 years old:  My daddy can do anything.
When I was 5 years old:  My daddy knows a whole lot.
When I was 6 years old:  My dad is smarter than your dad.
When I was 8 years old:  My dad doesn’t know exactly everything.
When I was 10 years old:  In the olden days, when my dad grew up, things were sure different.
When I was 12 years old:  Oh, well, naturally, Dad doesn’t know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood.
When I was 14 years old:  Don’t pay any attention to my dad. He is so old-fashioned.
When I was 21 years old:  Him? My Lord, he’s hopelessly out of date.
When I was 25 years old:  Dad knows about it, but then he should, because he has been around so long.
When I was 30 years old:  Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all, he’s had a lot of experience.
When I was 35 years old:  I’m not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.
When I was 40 years old:  I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He was so wise.
When I was 50 years old:  I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn’t appreciate how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him.

– Ann Landers

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