Dads always are more than willing to pass along their words of wisdom.
Some of the advice has been more useful than others, but either way fathers felt it was important to share the information.
In honor of Father’s Day we asked readers via the Globe Gazette and Facebook to share the best advice they’ve ever received from their father. More than a dozen people responded.
• “Being autistic my dad said be a leader not a follower, get an education and get out of Mason City and never look back. If your not living on the edge your just taking up space. My dad said also when I was younger you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
— Bobby Gomez, Mason City, whose father is Bob Gomez Mason City
• “When I was buying my first automobile in high school, after helping me make sure the car was not a lemon, my dad was talking to me about the responsibilities that come with driving. He told me, ‘If you ever get yourself arrested, don’t waste your phone call dialing me up to ask for bail money. If you can find your own way into jail, then you can find your own way out.’ He was not being sarcastic or mean. He was just teaching me a valuable lesson about responsibility.”
— Steve Tynan, Mason City, whose father is Darrell “Dean” Tynan, Charles City
• “Your family comes first. At the end of the day nothing else matters as long as you have your family.”
— Kayla Skiye, Clear Lake, whose father is Dan Skiye, Clear Lake
• “If you’re going to mess with the bull be ready for the horns.”
— Amber Herrod
• “Work smarter not harder.”
— Shane Buenzow, Northwood, whose father is Rich Buenzow
• “Credit cards are evil.”
— Amber Petersen, Waterloo, whose father is Carl Petersen, Jackson, Neb.
• “I got my work ethic from my dad. We worked very hard on the farm with animal chores and helping out with the crops. I learned to get my work done first then play. Dad also taught me how to play. When the work was done, we’d go to the lake with the boat, go get root beer floats or camping!”
— Laurel Yost, Scarville, whose father is Marvin Flugum of Emmons, Minn.
• “He has handed out a lot of advice over the years, but the one that I’ve used the most is this: ‘Enter like a lady. Act like a lady. Leave like a lady.’”
“If I ‘enter like a lady,’ I am sure to put my best foot forward. If I ‘act like a lady,’ I will be confident and hopefully make a good impression. And if things don’t turn out as expected, if I ‘leave like a lady,’ the door may stay open for future opportunities, knowing I have done the best that I can.”
— Luann Gatchel-Smit, Garner, whose father is Jim Gatchel, Garner
• “My dad always said that you respect your elders and treat everybody the same way you would like to be treated and never sweat the small stuff!”
— Margie Shindelar, Charles City, whose father is Adam Weigel (deceased)
• “Whenever times are tough my father tells me that ‘This too shall pass.’”
— Tina Eastvold, Mason City, whose father is Lyle Boehmer, Mason City
• “Get a haircut you hippy.”
— Justin Teeter, whose father is Don Teeter Jr.
• “Don’t just think about yourself; help others no matter if you like them or not.”
— Henry Luker, Clear Lake, whose father is Todd Luker
• “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out.”
— Nick Skiye, Clear Lake, whose father is Dan Skiye, Clear Lake
• “‘Learn everything you can to be able to do it yourself. That way you don’t have to spend a fortune having someone else do it for you!!’ The advice my father gave me has made me a STRONG, INDEPENDENT woman!! I CAN do anything I set my mind to and do it well!!”
— Capri Rieman, Garner, whose father is Richard Gleason (deceased)
• “My dad’s best advice was, ‘Remember, you can always tell them to kiss your ass.’”
— Pat Palmer, Hampton, whose father is Roger Palmer (deceased)
• “My dad gave me a lot of advice and one thing was about trees. He liked trees. We need them for shade and wind break and such, but a tree can be a weed if it’s in the wrong place. Just stop to think about it. If abandoned it will get pretty ragged. Trees are also easy to control when it’s little but a big headache when it’s bigger.”
— Paul Happel, Hampton, whose father is Ted Happel
• “The advice I received from my father is the essence of who I am today. His advice guides my personal and professional life. While he didn’t offer a lot of advice, the advice he did offer was powerful and life altering. What made the impact of his advice so strong is that Dad truly believed it … his advice was evident in his words and in his actions. My dad’s advice taught me how to live for I strived to live just like him. My dad’s advice also taught me how to die, for I now know I want to die like him. In living and in dying he was a class act.”
— Allison Stevenson, Mason City, whose father is Bob Barner (deceased).