May 6, 2017

Over the course of five Saturdays, we will be running our Words of Remembrance that we shared at our Dad’s funeral. Today’s features Liz’s words.

What else?

What else?

Those two words are one of the greatest lessons my Dad learned from his Dad. To always ask – what else?

My Dad said you can always learn more, you can never learn less. So never end a conversation without asking – what else?

My Dad wanted to hear what else was on your mind so he could offer better advice, so he could connect you with someone who could help you reach your goal, so he could suggest a book that could motivate you to chase your dreams, so he could be a better Dad, so he could be a better friend.

For Dad, there will be no more what else?¬†There won’t be anymore walks to Graeter’s, no more Arlo Guthrie songs, no more pleated and cuffed jeans, no more races in the pool, and no more lip quivers as he tried to hold back his smile. But what there will still be is his legacy of what else?

He will continue to help us be better colleagues, better parents, better siblings, and better friends if we continue to ask those around us what else?

Dad – when I count my blessings, I count you twice.

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