Quote Your Dad

Dove chocolate wrapper saying Quote your Dad

I found a lone piece of Dove dark chocolate in the pantry today so decided I’d better eat it. I love Dove chocolates for two reasons – they simply taste good and there’s a saying on the inside of each foil wrapper. The sayings are generally inspirational or thought provoking. Some mean more to me than others. Today’s wrapper is one that came at a particularly meaningful time for me  – it says “Quote your dad.”

I opened the chocolate and smiled when I saw the saying. You see, my Dad has been recently diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. He’s been doing okay, sort of, but took a big turn for the worse two weeks ago. Now he’s mad at my Mom a lot, he believes there are up to three people named Char (that’s my Mom’s name), he can’t read a clock anymore but is obsessed with the schedule and getting places on time and he is up all hours of the night. Things have been tough, to say the least.

Dad is saying all sorts of things these days – but he’s not saying things that are particularly quotable other than a few days ago Dad said to me, out of the blue and almost in tears, “You see, I don’t drive anymore.” It’s a big deal that Dad’s not driving, because Dad always did the driving in our family but Mom’s been the one behind the wheel for about a year and a half now.

The driving quote is a sad sort of quote from Dad. I have a lot of memories of quotes from Dad from the past, from when Dad was like he used to be.

“Honey, I’m home!” – I remember Dad saying this when he walked in the door after work. My memory is that he walked in the door at 4:20 p.m., Monday through Friday, put his lunch box on the counter and said Honey, I’m home or Char, I’m home. And he’d ask Mom “how was your day?” and kiss her.

“Good morning, good morning, it’s great to see your shining face, good morning, good morning, to you.” When I was younger, Dad listened to Boone and Erickson on 830 AM WCCO radio in the morning. They’d sing this good morning song and I remember Dad singing it to me in the morning

He’d also say “Rise and Shine” to me when he tried to wake me up for school.

And, when he could feel himself getting mad, “I’m going to blow my top” – That quote isn’t a fun one but it’s a big part of who my Dad is. Dad always struggled with his temper. I inherited it 🙂 and I struggle with mine, too.

Dad often told my kids, Rose and Ryan, a joke: Question:  “Why did the boy carry a ladder to school?” Sometimes the kids would answer the joke and sometimes Dad would. No matter who came up with the punch line or how many times we heard the joke, we’d all laugh when we heard the answer: “So he could go to high school!”

I know there are more quotes from Dad but I am coming up short on what all they are right now. I know more will come to me as we move along.

Can you quote your Dad?

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  1. Cynthia Lehew-Nehrbass on April 11, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    I love this. Such a heartfelt piece about your dad. Inspires me to write about mine too.

  2. Sue LeBreton on April 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

    The Rise and shine struck a chord with me, reminded me of my dad. This makes me want to pay more attention to my dad while I still have him in my life.

  3. Harriet Heydemann on April 12, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    Wonderful to keep and record these memories of your dad. I have a few tape recordings of my dad, and it gives me new perspective every time I hear them.

  4. Lorrie on April 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I’m so sorry for what your father and you and your family are currently going through, and really appreciate your capturing him through not just his words but the lovely scenes you remember. Two quotes from m father that come to mind are “A mango is a cross between heaven and a peach” and “The Harvard Business School is the root of all evil.” Some quotes are more controversial than others.

    • myrnacgmibus on April 24, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      I love your Dad quotes, Lorrie! Thanks for your comment and support!

  5. myrnacgmibus on April 24, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Quick update – please do spend time listening to, talking to, spending time with your Dads and Moms while you can! So much has happened since I wrote this post – Dad had so much trouble in the past few weeks fixating on things that aren’t real and getting super angry. We ended up in the ER twice in three days, Mom also had to call 911 and have the police out once. At the advice of Dad’s neurologist and the ER doc, he’s now in a geriatric behavioral unit so he can get medications set so his temper and anxiety are stable. He’ll be moving to a memory care home soon – possibly late next week. It’s all happened so fast. I’m glad I wrote this post because it helps me remember Dad from when he was well.

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