Having Dad’s Word
Some of the best advice the fathers of Team Man Repeller have bequeathed us
Dads: can’t live without them, can’t live without them.
In considering how to celebrate Father’s Day this year, the ladies of Man Repeller pooled together several different ideas, honing in on whatever specific details and characteristics we could muster that have made all of our fathers so uniquely ours.
“Well, my dad always told me not to be a dick,” Kate suggested, “so maybe we write a story on how not to be dicks?”
“A big one for my dad is animal kindness,” Charlotte chimed in. “Maybe we should dress up like endangered species and photograph it?”
Though that one was tempting, it was only really once I started rattling off the plethora of seemingly sage advice that my father has not only graciously and generously donated but at times, forcibly rammed down my throat in the previous twenty-four years (see: “Dad, I’m bored,” “there’s no such thing as boredom, Leandra, only lazy minds,”) that we realized we already had the story.
The topic of mentorship is a hot one right now–and though the spectrum of that which constitutes a “good mentor” varies widely, we thought there was no time like the two days leading up to Father’s Day to remind our dads that in spite of what Sheryl Sandberg might advise in conjunction with those developmental relationships, no matter where we go, what we do and who we speak to, the real mentors of our lives will always be our dads. The illustrations above were drawn by Charlotte Fassler. Slides 1-4 feature advisement care of Kate’s father, Randy Barnett, slides 5-6 are from Charlotte’s father, Ron Fassler, and slides 7-10 come care of my father.
Now, you tell us–what’s the best advice your dad has given you?