In keeping with this nature, recently he was talking to my eldest son about tying his tie. As if we all knew what he was talking about, he said, "That's number four on Grandpa's Top Ten Life Lessons List -- when wearing a tie, always tie a double Windsor". No one knew what he was talking about, but after some questioning, we discovered he had been compiling a list on his phone. We all enjoyed reading it, so I give you:
Grandpa's Top Ten Life Lessons
1. You can never have too many bungee cords.
2. If anyone asks what your name is, always answer: Puddin' Tain. Ask me again I'll tell you the same.
3. When you arrive home, always say: Home again, home again, jiggity jig.
4. When wearing a tie, always tie a double Windsor.
5. When camping, the oldest person must do all the work.
6. When you are young and working, you do not have to be smart, just smarter than your boss.
7. Always remember God, family and work, in that order. Also, move this to number 1.
8. You may have friends in life, but only family will stand by you 'til the bitter end. Move this to number 2.
9. Never do today what you can put off 'til tomorrow.
10. If you see a tool you don't have, buy it. You will need it sometime in your life.
As you can see from this list, my dad is also tender hearted and puts God and family first. He's a good man, and I am ever thankful that God gave him to me as my father. He and my mom gave my sister and me a stable, loving, Christian childhood. He's a hard worker, he's thoughtful and generous to a fault. I am blessed to call him dad!