Wisdom From My Dad...Whatever You Do Make It Count!

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes Realty - BH Referral Associates

I spent my youth trying to be opposite of my mom and dad, I swear I thought they were the worst parents.  As you get older you realize they weren't so bad and then you realize you have many of their traits.  

My father, John Terwilliger inspires me everyday. 

I remember my first day of college, he wrote me a note on a piece of paper bag. Just thinking about it now, made me smile... it got me thinking about how special that moment was and how it made a big difference in my life.

I imagined that I was sleeping and he was walking down the hall, he grabbed his lunch a light bulb went off in his head, probably smiling and thought " Midori is starting college." 

I gotta feeling he was proud.  He grabbed a pen and tore a piece of a grocery bag and left this note on my dresser:

Midori,

You'll do fine in college. You are hard working just like your father.

I love you

Daddy

That note gave me an extra step to my strut.  I was feeling good...I really enjoyed my first day of college.  I could not wait to get home to tell my dad.

The moral of the story- Little actions mean so much...those actions creates moments....moments creates memories!  My dad taught me to make it count, anything and everything I do.  Why, because I can because I am capable because I am hard working just like him!

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Midori Miller, Century 21 Sundance Realty 

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Bob & Carolin Benjamin
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That is a very sweet post. Thanks for sharing.
November 12, 2007 10:22 PM
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Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
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Beautiful story and entry into the contest too! I've read many stories on your parents and it's quite obvious how much you love them. Thanks for sharing yet another chapter.
November 12, 2007 10:37 PM
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Lynda Eisenmann
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Midori,

My goodness, a note from your Dad on your first day of college...what a treasure. I just hope he knows how much he is loved by you. Thank you for this touching acknowlegement of your Dad. BTW, I remember reading about his illness in prior posts.

My best to you both.

November 12, 2007 11:03 PM
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Ricardo Bueno
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Midori,

Our parents do little things that inspire us so much! Sure we have our stubborn moments when we argue and disagree but at the end of the day they're our inspiration! Your post reminds me of the support they gave me when I went to college!

Did you get to keep the note?  

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November 13, 2007 01:10 AM
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Ginger Sala
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Midori, That is a very touching remebrance. Do you still have the note?

ginger

November 13, 2007 01:56 AM
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Melissa Grant
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Thank you for sharing such a sweet post and an awesome tribute to your parents especially your Dad ! It helps us all remember...
November 13, 2007 05:48 AM
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Missy Caulk
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My dad always gave me good advice too. Unfortunately I didn't always take it, but he ended up always being right. Great post.
November 13, 2007 05:54 AM
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Jo-Anne Smith, Sales Representative
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Hi Midori,  Your Dad sounds like a very thoughtful, wise and wonderful man who knows what is truly important in life and I can see he passed on so much of his own character and wisdom to you......very poignant and beautiful post.  He gave you one of those special 'moments' that you will always be able to hang onto.

(-:

Jo 

November 13, 2007 10:22 AM
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Nice how the little things make such a lasting impression. He has taught you well!
November 13, 2007 11:27 AM
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what a beautiful blog - it is true, as we mature, we begin to realize the value of our parents!
November 13, 2007 11:33 AM
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After about the age of 19 or 20, it seemed the older I got the smarter my dad got. So many things I learned the hard way would have been easier to take if I had started listening earlier.
November 14, 2007 08:13 AM
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Jeff&Grace Safrin
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Beautiful Father's Day Post on your Dad also Midori...glad you linked it as I did not even know what AR was last fathers day LOL.....Isn't it funny how we remember the little things like the note your dad wrote you on a paper bag? Memories are precious,,,thanks for sharing.

Sincerely

Grace Safrin

November 16, 2007 11:55 AM
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Elizabeth Nieves
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Midori:  I love when you write about your dad. He sounds like a great man. Blessings!
November 16, 2007 03:24 PM
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Midori - He sounds like a wonderful man. How lucky you both are.
November 17, 2007 07:40 AM
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Midori-What an amazing man your Dad is.  That loving and assuring way that he displayed for you have taught you to be the same way.  The bond you both have is a treasured gift. 
November 17, 2007 09:42 AM
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Laurie Mindnich
Any cards that I received from my father were followed by a simple, "love, dad"- and that was enough.  Great story!
November 17, 2007 10:07 AM
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Midori - You have shared such an amazing message that has left a joyful peace in my heart. Tears in my eyes and a desire to hug my kids!! Thank you for sharing your inspired tribute of your father! Just wonderful. One of my fondest memories comes from an old 'lover' that took a minute out of his day to scratch a little note on a piece of used paper that he tore into a shape of a heart and just told me he was thinking of me today. As little and insignificant as that was, it meant the world to me! I can only imagine how it must have felt coming from a parent and sharing their support and love! Thank you again for sharing your charming story!
November 17, 2007 07:15 PM
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Joan Mirantz
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A reminder to all of us Midori that we never know what will be the "key"in our childrens heart. I love how you created a whole scenario about the piece of paper...so romantic young girl....
November 18, 2007 12:45 PM
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Hi Everyone...my father has impacted me in ways that you will never know....he is an amazing man and still the rock of our family.  So dad if you see this....I love you and thank you ...
November 18, 2007 01:17 PM
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