My Dad was a very formative influence in my life, with my mother dying when I was 7. He worked hard and taught me to work hard, which as a child I didn't like or appreciate, but it has served me well in my adult years.
But perhaps the greatest thing I learned from my father was to be honest. We were always strapped for money, but never did I see him try to cheat someone else.
In fact, I remember a road trip where we stopped for gas and the gas station owner gave my dad $10 too much in change. My father quickly pointed that out to him and even suggested that he shut up the station for the night, because he was evidently tired.
No lesson of words could have taught me the importance of honesty better than the example he taught with his actions! He is long gone, but I believe his example shines on through my lessons to my children and their lessons to their children, forever and forever!
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-- MARIE NOBLE, Kennewick