Be Cool To The Father Dude

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This is a short story style essay about my father. It uses 4 types of priciples that i have used to live with him, as what he does. Using Empathy, humility & forgiveness, honor, and equality.

Submitted: November 30, 2011

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Submitted: November 30, 2011



Be Cool To The Father Dude


If I have one operating philosophy about life, it is this: “Be cool to the Father dude; It’s good luck.” Four principles guide the Father dude philosophy.

Principle 1: Coolness to the Father dude is a practice in humility and forgiveness. He demands what I do, wear, and say. And I let him. He yells without warning and kicks what is the closest. He acts as he does, without me opening my mouth to reduce my pain. Sometimes without warning, I challenge him to see if he’ll break; every time without fail, bam ! He loses it. As he acts without warning I contain my anger and keep it to myself. After a commotion I ponder to myself, “Why is it that he acts in such rage?” Maybe there’s something he’s not telling me. Maybe a memory, brought up in conversation, set him off. This I do not know, I decide to let it go; to move on.

Principle 2: Coolness to the Father dude is a practice in empathy. We all had bad days, as everyone knows. We might consider a bad day as it’s raining, or it’s cold. While Father, on the other hand, a bad day could simply mean the date; the date of someone’s death, or even the date of an attack. We all have that one day of the year we don’t favor as much as any other day. We all break down, we all cry. I tell him tomorrow’s a new day, you might just be on top.

Principle 3: Coolness to the Father dude is a practice in honor, and it reminds me to honor honest work. Hours on end, rain or shine, he’ll be there. In the sunlight, or under the lights. With the team, or just one player. He will work until everything is done, and done right. Devotion, commitment, a true passion, lay in the hands of the Father Dude. He doesn’t feel stressed after a game, he doesn’t yell at the team for a bad practice or game. He won’t use football as an excuse, he won’t say it’s his job. 3 decades now. He’s the hero. The one everyone knows about, the coach they desire.

Principle 4: Coolness to the Father dude is a practice in equality. As I see myself, I can see Father Dude. Just another person on this planet. Yet, everyone has a reason, a journey in which they follow without of knowing. As I am to the Father Dude, I am to everyone. We all are the same, sharing this world just yet with different journeys. Not one is at a higher place, rather we are all on the same level; fighting the same fights. We are not different, but the same.

Treat him well, with honor and importance. Be kind to that of a man who tries his best to help others as well as himself. The world knows what you have done, and knows who you respect. It will give back to you, when the timing is right.



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