It is Obvious

Chris Rick has got altogether too much to say

Local Hero (4)

Posted by chrisrick13 on February 3, 2011

It is obvious: there are a lot of these around

My father cautioned me not to get on or in anything that did not have a steering wheel and brakes.  Good advice.  It includes horses and donkeys and, even more importantly, camels.  Technically it also includes aeroplanes.  I could even add in skiis, snowboards, skateboards and skates.  He is running 100% as far as I am concerned.

He gave me a lot of good advice.  He told me not to buy anything I did not understand.  I did not follow him there as I bought a VCR.  Luckily I had two teenage sons who got me out of that hole.  He did patiently sit down and explain lots of ‘scams’ to me.  He had a simple answer to all the hard selling at the doorstep, on the phone and over the internet.  Just ask for the detail of their offer for you to read at your leisure.  Few will comply  but those that do are worth looking at.  He had a good one on shares: if you are selling someone else is just as sure as you are about buying – one of you is wrong.

He was a mechanical engineer who started at the very bottom aged 13 out of school.  He had good advice for mechanical things: never force anything.  It turns out to be good advice in lots of areas.

He was good at listening.  He was even better at asking stupid questions.  He would keep asking it until I realised it wasn’t.  I miss those long phone conversations.  I know I was the one who benefited but that is what dad’s are for.

I now find my sons living in different continents.  Communication is not good but Skype helps a lot (how does that business model work…I still use it though).  I find I don’t have a lot in common with them and I am not around for the simple things and the quick answers.  Indeed they bravely go in the 21st century and I often follow so the roles are reversed.

I sometimes wonder if the great shakers and movers have dads standing behind them and I wonder what makes the transition from someone who takes advice to one who gives it.

On the 25th anniversary of his death: Reginald Arthur Rick.

It is obvious: there are a lot of these around – I got lucky.

One Response to “Local Hero (4)”

  1. Bill said

    Trouble is you only really miss them when they’re gone. Otherwise just taken for granted…

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