Things My Dad Taught Me

Today, my dad – Leo Smith – turned 82. In honor of his birthday I am going to share a few Leoisms. Some are things he has said, some are things I have learned through observation and experience.

1. A little hard work never killed anyone.
2. Do it right or don’t do it at all.
3. Saving for a rainy day is a good thing.
4. Saving for a rainy day by burying money in a coffee can in the garden is not a good thing.
5. Always keep the windshield on your car clean.
6. Don’t be a sissy dog.
7. Your handshake says a lot about you. Shake accordingly.
8. It is good to have a few really good friends. Enjoy them-you will miss them when they are gone.
9. It is important to be loyal.
10. Be honest, even when it is hard. It will be worse if you aren’t.
11. Duct tape, a flash light and a pocket knife are an amazing trio.
12. Girlie drinks aren’t just for girls.
13. Tapioca, bread and rice pudding taste best warm-with a little half & half and whipped topping.
14. Get outside as often as you can and wear a hat.
15. Keep your vehicles clean and waxed.
16. Keep your yard and the outside of your house looking nice.  It is a reflection of you.
17. Before you go to the emergency room or urgent care you might want to eat something first if that is an option. You could be there a while.
18. Use coupons-they wouldn’t put them out if they didn’t want you to use them.
19. If you have to work for it, you will appreciate it all that much more.
20. You can take the man off the farm, but you can’t take the farm out of the man.
21. Common sense is as important book smarts.
22. If you want to catch fish, you have to get up before the chickens.

I could go on, but that will do for now. Happy birthday Pops, I love you and still have a lot to learn. I am counting on you to continue teaching me things for many more years.  I have been listening even if sometimes I have to do things my own way.  Thank you!

Oh – and Happy Easter!


  1. Love this. Happy birthday, Leo!