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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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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Homequest Real Estate
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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Midori Miller
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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 ...
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