“Dad-isms” – #JusJoJan Prompt Day 6: Caught

“You chased her ’till she caught you,” my Dad said when my brother announced that he was getting married. He said it with a twinkle in his blue eyes and a smile tugging at the corners of his mouth and it made us all laugh.

My father had several “Dad-isms” that he repeated often throughout our lives. Many are funny in retrospect because they are obsolete.  I’ve blogged about some of them before including these two which, coincidentally,  both relate to a dime :

“Always carry a dime on you so you can call home in an emergency.”
Well, phone booths have gone the way of the dinosaur and cell phones cost parents a lot more than a dime!

“That and ten cents will get you a cup of coffee.”
He used this one when we were impressed with something that he thought was foolish or worthless. Since you could buy a cup of coffee for a dime back then, he made his point very clearly.

My Dad has  been gone over 20 years now and I still miss him and his Dad-isms.

Written for JusJoJan word prompt for Day 6:  Caught.

Thanks for the advice, Dad

When I saw today’s word  prompt, I realized I had published a post just over a year ago that’s a perfect response. I know this defeats the purpose of the prompt, which is to use the word as a starting point to write a new post.  But I will call it a “cheat” day!  I hope you enjoy the post.

This post was written in response to the daily prompt provided by
Jibber Jabber with Sue for July 2:  Advice


My Dad was a great person.  He was quiet, hard-working and led pretty much by example. He gave me a lot of good advice that has stood the test of time. But there are some simple pieces of advice that just no longer work today.  Here are a few:

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You know what you should do?

Conversation and the art of listening, they tell us, are being threatened.  We now use smart phones and social media to communicate and it is changing the whole experience. Characters are limited, words and entire phrases have been reduced to acronyms and it feels like we communicate in a new language or code.

But for me, there is another killer of face-to-face conversation.  It happens when someone starts a sentence with “Why don’t you … ?” Or, “You know what you should do?”  Don’t get me wrong: My ears perk up when I hear these words after having asked for advice. But often someone interjects like this when I am just talking about something that happened at work, or something my friend said to me.  I’m not looking for a solution because the situation doesn’t need one. And when someone jumps in with “You know what you should do?”,  I can’t help it.  I shut down because I know what comes next is not what I should do, but what they would do.

I understand people’s intentions are good and they really do want to help. Maybe they just don’t know what to say but feel the need to say something. (And as responses go, these are better than trying to top my story with something that happened to them). But unless I’ve specifically asked for help in dealing with something, I’d really appreciate it if they wouldn’t tell me what to do.