When I was a boy of 14,
My father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have
The old man around.

But when I got to be 21,
I was astonished at how much
The old man had learned in seven years.

~ Mark Twain ~



4 years old
"My daddy can do anything."

5 years old
"My daddy knows a whole lot."

6 years old
"My dad is smarter than your dad."

8 years old
"My dad doesn't know exactly everything   

10 years old
"In the olden days when my dad grew up, things 
were sure different."

12 years old
"Oh well, naturally, Dad doesn't know anything about that. 
He is too old to remember his childhood".

14 years old
"Don't pay any attention to my dad. He is so old-fashioned!"

21 years old
"Him? My Lord, he's hopelessly out-of-date" 

25 years old
"Dad knows a little bit about it, but then he should because 
he's been around for so long."

30 years old
"Maybe we should ask dad what he thinks."

35 years old 
"I'm not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad."

40 years old
"I wonder how Dad would have handled it.  
He was so wise and had a world of experience."

50 years old
"I'd give anything if Dad were here now so I could 
talk this over with him. Too bad I didn't appreciate 
how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him."

~ Ann Landers ~

Dear Ol' Dad

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