Father’s Day, 2017: Reflection and Two Pottery Giveaways

*This is a guest blog post, edited by Joel Cherrico and written by John Fink: CSB/SJU Marketing Intern at Cherrico Pottery. 

Interesting facts about Father’s Day:

  • Father’s Day is the 4th largest card-sending occasion with 72 million sent annually.
  • The average person spends about $115.57 on presents for their father, which totals to about $12,700,000,000 a year.
  • Claude Monet is widely considered the father of Impressionism. Monet’s art represents nature abstractly, in ways that communicate far more beauty than what human eyes can see.
“Water-Lily Pond and Weeping Willow” by Claude Monet, next to a Cosmic Mug surrounded by a Star Cluster in the Large Magellanic Cloud, captured by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” – Unknown

Joel Cherrico’s father, Gene Cherrico, played an important role during one of his most defining life moments.

Joel and his dad were on a road trip just before he launched “Cherrico Pottery” back in 2010. Joel was hesitant about taking on the risk of starting his own company, investing his $3,000 of savings and committing to a small business loan after graduation, instead of getting a job like all of his friends.

“Owning your own business is one of the best ways to personal wealth.” – Gene Cherrico

Without Papa Cherrico’s wise words of wisdom, and his love and support, Cosmic Mugs might never have existed.

“I can discover something in the Universe, but if I didn’t do it, somebody else after me will discover that exact same thing. Whereas in the Arts, what you create, no one who was ever born before you or will be born from your death onwards, will ever compose exactly the same thing you did.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson

You can learn more about the origins of Cosmic Mugs from Joel’s authorship for American Craft Council: “A Potter’s Journey.” Learn why Joel chose an art major, how he developed a business plan, launched a small business and has operated his pottery business for seven+ years in this American Craft Council “Web Exclusive” blog series:

A Potter’s Journey

Another person who Joel drew inspiration from while growing his business was Robert Herjavec.

Herjavec is an immigrant from Croatia who owns a world renowned computer security company in Canada. He is most known for being a “Shark” on the hit TV show “Shark Tank” (Joel has repeatedly submitted 1st and 2nd round applications to the show). In the video below, Robert shared his story of his father’s immense sacrifices to give him a better life.

Also in honor of Father’s Day, we’re launching two pottery giveaways:

  • Giveaway #1 is for new Cosmic Mug and Moon Mug customers.
  • Giveaway #2 is for everyone.

Giveaway #1 of 2: “Lunar Bowl” $325+ value

*(ENDED 11pm 6/19/2017. Winner: Sherry E.)

Today and tomorrow only, we are releasing all of our current stock of Cosmic Mugs and our current stock of Moon Mugs. Anyone who buys one or more of these new Cosmic Mugs or Moon Mugs released today and tomorrow will be entered into a drawing. One random customer will win this lunar bowl, included with their order at no extra charge.

If they’re sold out or too expensive for you, don’t worry! Joel will be releasing more Cosmic Mugs, including $79 Random Cosmic Mugs, $49 Flawed Cosmic Mugs and Moon Mugs before July. Stay tuned! For you pottery fans who are waiting for these great deals and on a budget, we’ve got something special for you too.

 Giveaway #2 of 2: Free World Record Pottery

You can win one of three pieces of art history from Joel’s epic achievement with the Guinness World Records™ title for ‘most pots thrown in one hour by an individual.’ Simply answer the questions below in our comments to enter:

What is the most valuable lesson your father taught you? How did it shape you into the person you are today? 

If you didn’t grow up with a father, please feel free to leave a comment about a lesson any other important person in your life taught you. Leave a comment below before this Friday telling us. We’ll pick the best 3 comments and give each winner a random World Record Pot and even more pottery ($767.00 value: $159 World Record Pottery + $20 packing and shipping average each, Spiral Bowl for $185 + $20 shipping, a copy of “A Potter’s Book” by Bernard Leach at $25 average value) given to 5 random winners, totally free!

To enter, you must leave one, genuine comment, or the moderator will not approve your comment or include you in the giveaway. Please use your PERSONAL name or initials and not your business name, as the latter comes off like spam. Please allow 24-48 hours for your comment to appear. You must also be on our email newsletter distribution list to qualify, so please make sure you are okay with receiving our email newsletter before you leave a comment. We will pick winners Friday around 2pm Central and you will receive the pottery shipped to you nearly anywhere globally, totally free. *ENDED: Congrats to our winners Carol, Jerry, Olivia, Ashlei and Steph. Thanks so much to everyone for participating!

414 Replies to “Father’s Day, 2017: Reflection and Two Pottery Giveaways”

  1. My father taught me to imagine that everyone has the word WAIT on their forehead when talking to them. It means “Why am i talking?” Which means truly and value what people are saying over what you want to say.

    He also told me that everyone in life is valuable and to never pre-judge a person by their status in life .. in fact, he said that his most valuable advice has come from a person whose station in life may have been one that most people would not even acknowledge.

    Lastly, always work harder than you need to and set the example of servant leadership in life ..

    1. My father has always been one of the most influential person in my life. The most valuable lesson he taught me is “under promise and over deliver”. Basically that means to never promise anything you can’t provide, and always try to put forth your best effort to give more than you promised. Not only did my father tell me to do this, but he also modeled it for me everyday. He owned his own business and I watched him build it from the ground up. He started with working out of our trailer, one barely running van and a teenager helping him out after school and now has a successful company with over 30 employees. I’ve been able to apply the work ethic and values that he has shown me over the years to always strive for my goals, never accept anything but my best effort, and put my heart and soul into my work. I believe that it is because of my dad, and because he never gave up on me that I am preparing to graduate from college and am striving everyday to complete my goal of opening my own daycare.

    2. It’s plain and simple my dad taught me to love and be kind always under any circumstances even when others don’t respond in kindness because eventually it goes full circle. That impacted me alot because sometimes it’s never easy to show this and I think of him. Miss you dad…

  2. I did not have a father- well, of course I had a FATHER- a sperm donor, but he did not feel the need to have an active part in my life, until I was age 14 and he decided to reappear long enough to cause family rifts and ultimately rape me, his own daughter. My father, my Dad, the pillar of my very life was my Pawpaw, my grandfather. He was a gruff, no-nonsense person- a strict person- but he had a heart of solid gold. He raised me- provided me with a stable childhood in the countryside- complete with chores and free time to explore simultaneously. Every value I have today I owe to my grandfather. Everyone in my family lacked warmth and communication skills, but with my Pawpaw, I KNEW I was loved.

  3. My father taught me the power of positive thinking! This has served me well in my life and encouraged me to try new things which has led to some wonder hobbies.

  4. My father has passed, so Father’s Day is a bittersweet day for me. When he was alive my dad wasn’t afraid to take a risk & think big. He always gravitated toward running his own business & was never afraid to take that leap of faith. As I get older, I too am starting to think outside of the box & embrace creativity & have faith in myself. Thank you for your inspiration, Dad.

  5. My father taught me to always stand up for what you believe in and be proud of your choices. He was in the Air Force for 20 years and when I turned 17 I chose the US Army. I told him why I chose the Army and how I couldn’t wait to be a soldier and be something amazing with my life. I have always stood up for the things I believe in and my father has always been by my side.

  6. I think for many of us you could ask “what hasn’t your father taught you?” Mine has taught me so much from making a coffee to driving a car…but I think one of the most valuable lessons is to keep smiling and laughing through life’s journey. There will be great times and not so great times, but if you can face them all with a smile it will make all the difference in the world. Love my Daddy!

  7. Girls can do everything boys can! My dad took me to work with him when I was young to teach me the value of hard work, even for girls. 😊

  8. My father is obsessed with glass and ceramic art. He is a contractor and has spent most of his life working with his hands. He has always been the one to tell me to stop and appreciate the beauty in things. How a piece of beach glass can be considered art. How to dig for the glass in the sand after a lightning storm. How to look for color instead of precision, beauty instead of technique. He is in stage 4 kidney failure and while I don’t know how much loner I’m going to have him physically, he will always be with me in the way I look at the world.

  9. My biological father was never around but my step father who has been more of a dad to me has given me plenty of wonderful life lessons. The one that has stuck with me has been something he never even ment to teach. That man has been there for me through thick and thin no matter what ive ever needed hes done his best to get it and has shown me that family doesnt always mean your related and that family will always been there. They will help you through the good, bad, and ugly. My mom and he just recently got a divorce but even with all of that going on between the fighting and the arguing hes still coming to see me and makes sure im okay he’s still my dad which i was afraid he would leave me as well with the divorce but he hasnt and that has thought me a lot about love and what family should be

  10. My dad taught me how to be there for my kids, he never was, he taught me don’t make promises you can’t keep, he broke a lot of them, he taught me to always give somebody a second chance, me father and I are now super close

  11. This is a little unfair to the people who didn’t have fathers in our lives.
    My father taught me what kind of parent NOT to be. My Mom, she played the role of both parents and deserves all the credit for that. ❤️

  12. The way my father helped me grow is a bit unconventional.
    I don’t ever remember my parents together. My dad is a retired US Marine and with that history he made sure all seven of us kids were well behaved respectable and responsible.

    Now to the sad part. My mom made my dad to be the bad guy. She would only take me to my dads when I was misbehaving. Not doing well in school, getting into trouble at school, minor irritations of hers I’d get the don’t make me take you to your dads. He was forever the mean parent to me because of this.

    Now when I turned 17 my mom’s bipplar disorder got put of hand and she made me feel pretty darn worthless. Around this time she grabbed my hair and three me against the stove because I didn’t make something correctly. This was rhe first time I involuntarily went to my dads house.

    He and his wife welcomed me with wide arms and said about time.

    I learned multiple lessons but the biggest one I learned from my dad is even if you are at rock bottom and have nothing to your name except a dollar or a few cents there us always someone that is worse off than you and if you have more than enough to take care of yourself (even barely) the extra was given to you to help someone. My family has never been middle class, I was a welfare brat and if I can make lunch for myself I always make sure there’s enough for at least another person so I can share. If I have a dollar and only need 80 cents and someone needs 10 cents or even 20 I give them that. I’ve bought groceries for a family that couldn’t pay for the bare minimums, milk, cheese, eggs, bread and a few boxes of mac and cheese and so on.

    He taught me how to be humble and to express my humility correctly. With oit my father I wouldn’t want to be a helpful person. I may be one of those “spoiled millenials” we hear about so often.

  13. Being a father is like being a potter Your start out with a lump of clay and hope like hell they turn it out beautiful.

  14. When I was 12, my father asked me.
    “Son, what to you want to do for a living?”

    Me: “I want to make a bunch of money!”

    Father: “Son, I make okay money but I don’t look forward to going to work everyday. If I could do it all over again, I would choose to do something I loved. Son, if you are the best at what you do and enjoy doing it, that is all that matters. Money will follow.”

    I have succeeded in life at my chosen profession. I look forward to going to work each and evert day. I thank my father for his love and wisdom.

    Best wishes Joel and I wish you much success. And Happy Father’s Day to all the great fathers out there. Cheers!

  15. My father taught me that your education is something you can never lose. He showed me to respect learning and be grateful for the luxury we are afforded here in the US to continue our education. As a result, in addition to being a single mom to five fantastic kids, I am a lifetime learner with a BS, MBA, MS and a DBA and I have the honor to serve as a teacher helping my students to discover their passions and explore their love of learning.

  16. Let me please start off by saying thank you for this amazing opportunity! Your pottery is absolutely beautiful and I’d love to have a piece in my home. I’d say the most valuable lesson my dad taught me is that it truly does matter what’s on the inside rather than on the outside. I still think back to him saying that and have realized it’s such a true statement. Since having two kids I don’t always have time to get ready and do my hair and makeup. But if I’m happy, I’m going to shine regardless of what I look like on the outside. Happy is the new beautiful, and I am blessed to have a father that taught me that important life lesson.

  17. My father was by far the biggest influence in my life. He was that kind of intense, generous, energetic person. His voice sounded like a thunder. He loved to read and to sing old songs, and I remember him as one of the most erudite people I’ve ever known. I learned to love books and music with him. I believe the most valuable lesson he taught me was just how important developing your intellect is. He read poetry to me when I was 8 years old, and now I’m a poet. He wasn’t the kind of father who keeps telling his daughter how cute or gorgeous she is, he never treated me like a doll. On the contrary, he always treated me like a thinking being, whose ideas he considered and respected. He used to compliment me on my ability to articulate my ideas. He celebrated every good grade I got in school. He absolutely believed in my potential, and by doing that he made me believe too. One day he told me he was a happy man because he knew there was at least a little bit of him in me. That was the best compliment I ever got. I couldn’t believe the most awesome man in the world was that proud of me. He died young, only two weeks after I turned 20. He taught me so much more than words can describe.

  18. The saying that sticks in my head the most was one my dad said often, “I was your age, I did the same thing”. A lot of those times you cringe and wait for the lecture or yelling that you probably deserve, my father would some how regain compose and tell me with a smile how he had done the same thing as a child. I love my father for teaching me to learn from my lessons and not to take everything so seriously. He has always been a sympathetic and empathetic soul. My heart is full thinking of all the things I’ve learned from him and I hope to have many more lessons from such a wise man.

  19. The most valluable lesson my father could have taught me is to always be proud of what I do. He told me even if I messed up to be proud of my mistakes because no one else knows its a mistake they just will think it was artistic decisions. He could not have given me any better advice than that because now going into college I am running my own bakery out of my dorm room. I will always be proud of everything I do including my mistakes.

  20. My Father adopted me when I was 2 years old. He didn’t have to, but he did. Over the years we haven’t always gotten along and he has left me to learn the consequences of many of my actions during my life. But he has always believed in me and been there when I have been at my lowest, and for those lessons in LOVE, I will always be grateful to him for becoming my Father.

  21. I am a father and a potter my pottery isn’t my art it’s my daughter. She amazes me every day

  22. My dad was never around and for the short time he was he had mentally already checked out. His father is my Superhero though. He is the man I look to as a father and so do my own children in a way. My sons father committed suicide when he was just 9 months old making my grandfather his male role model. He stepped up in ways he never had to. He worked with his hands his whole life and I can only think of him as a hardworking man. The best, more important, lesson he ever taught me is one of love. He taught me that no one in this world will ever love you more than family and Jesus (or whomever it is you look to). He taught me that the color of your skin, the gender of your partner, or what race you are do not matter. It’s who you are as a person that matters and you better be able to sleep with that at night. He taught me love will conquer the world one day. He taught me that love is in the bible over 365 times where hate isn’t written once. It is because of him I am who I am. It is because of him I’m striving to be a mental health counselor, to spread love, and to be the best possible person I can just to make him proud. Love is love and there is no greater love than that of a grandfather who stepped in as a grandfather and taught me these things. I’m beyond blessed he’s still with me and teaches me something new all the time.

  23. The most important lesson my father ever taught me was how to be slow to anger and quick to forgive. It shows the mark of an adult to be able to put your feelings aside and forgive someone who has wronged you.

  24. My Dad taught me not to accept the “normal or mundane” things in life and to ALWAYS strive for what you think is out of reach and to only give your heart to your true love and if that love should fail at least you will love yourself for being true. In other words, Give your all and enjoy life as a good person.

  25. I believe the most valuable lesson my dad has taught me is how to be financially responsible. So many people in this day and age rely on other people to help them out with everything and that isn’t how I was raised. Ever since I was a little girl he’s taught me exactly how I should manage my money. I am still fortunate to have him around and he still gets on me about it at times

  26. My father taught me to stay in the present. You can look at the past or at the future, just don’t get stuck in it. Always stay present ♡

    1. Because of this, I don’t let anything hold me back and I am able to deal with anything that comes my way.

  27. My father taught me that we are all the same. That everyone deserves respect. Color, religion and political choices did not matter . he also taught me that you can dream big and never give up

  28. My father taught me the depth of loss. His passing deflated my soul, incapaciting me. He taught me that over time, the sharp physical pain lessens but the missing will remain. He taught me to be fully conscious of the gift of life, all it’s blessings and to love with every fiber of my being. He taught me to not take anything for granted and to live for the moment. He taught me this to be a better person, to be a better wife, to be a better mother. Yes….he taught me this.

  29. My father Taught me to always be accepting of others, while maintaining healthy skepticism. He would always accept others into his home and offer help without sacrificing his own well being. all too often we allow others to run over us with our own kindness.

  30. I have always been a daddy’s girl. Since I was little I could be found by my dad’s side fishing, camping, playing catch. You name it, we’ve done it. Since I’ve become an adult those things have progressed to fishing, camping and playing catch and having a beer together. I don’t have any brothers, just one little sister. So when I met the man who would become my husband, it was a natural fit. My dad and my husband were inseparable. They were best friends.
    My husband passed away this past January. A light went out in my life, the brightest and best light I had. So I stayed with my parents for a few weeks after, so I could figure things out and just breathe. During that time no one knew how to deal with me. I didn’t know how to deal with me. But I got out with my dad and we went fishing. When the snow melted we went metal detecting. Anything to take me out of myself so we could both try to heal after the loss. My mom is my other favorite, we spent a lot of time together, and still do. But that time of my life, what probably helped me the most were the silent times with a fishing pole in my hand, or watching a baseball game, or wandering the beach looking for agates with my dad. So I’ll forever be grateful for that.

  31. My Dad said,
    Life owes you nothing, you owe it to yourself to work and achieve the best you, you can be in your lifetime, and if you’re going to leave a mark in your lifetime, make it a positive one.

  32. he loved to bring smiles to other people, he taught me the joy you can find just by helping others 🙂 also he gave me a few financial tips as well! 🙂

  33. My father is one of the most important people in my life. He taught me what being a parent is. It’s not about buying your kid the most expensive car or the latest iPhone but it’s about being there for all the little things in life. He showed up to every softball game even though he’d been at work since 6 that morning and didn’t make it to the game until the last few innings. Be would even come to practice on his one day off, even if he was yelling at me. He’d drop everything just to come pick me up because I had a flat and didn’t pay attention when he taught me how to change a tire. And even though he made sure I had more than what I needed growing up, he taught me about hard work and to take pride in what I had. There’s no doubt that I have one of the great ones!!

  34. My father always told me that no matter what job you have..do the best you can because it is a reflection of who you are. Whether it be owning your business or flipping burgers.

  35. My father made me and my brother work every day as young children helping him build our house, since it was a huge house and just us it took several years to build. This taught me how to work with my hands and wood, so today I am very much a do it yourself’er and an arist, taught me to work hard, and taught me to never give up no matter how long it takes.

  36. If it’s Worthy of wanting it, then it’s worth working for it. If you work for it, then it’s worth having it.

  37. My dad is a setnet commercial fisherman in Clam Gulch, Alaska. He came into my life when I was six and took me and my younger brother in, no questions asked. Life was hard, but not as hard as it was before my mom met him. My dad is a quiet, personal man. He doesn’t boast, and he doesn’t show affection the way that most dad’s do, but he always knows how to put a smile on my face in his own daddy way. There was never one valuable lesson that my dad taught me, perse. Due to the lifestyle that we grew up in as kids, I always saw how hard my dad worked to provide for our family. Some years we lived off top ramen and macaroni and cheese, others we were blessed with a moose that my dad shot that would keep our tummies full for the winter. This lifestyle taught me to appreciate the small things that we are given in life, and the love of those that we have around us.
    I carried it with me as I grew older, determined to go to school to become a successful individual so that I might have the opportunity to give back to my parents and others in ways that they always did for us even when they couldn’t really afford it. Like they did for me for so long, my adult life has been spent helping ensure that they are taken care of and helping them find ways to be taken care of if they need it. Their lifestyle has not changed, other than the kids moving out of the house. They live a remote, secluded life–a life they very much enjoy–and while it makes it hard for me to give back to them in ways that I’d like to sometimes, I know that my kindness and desire to help others succeed in life comes from the shaping that my dad did for us as children when he took us in. I will forever be grateful for him saving us from the life we had, and for the life he gave us. He is my hero, and I am the woman I am today because of him.

  38. Learn to be self-sufficient and rely on yourself was my Dad’s lesson. From that perspective I was taught how to change the oil in my car and how to replace the brakes, I can also attempt to fix almost anything around my home without fear. When I’m finished up with that I’m a pretty decent interior & landscape designer, lasagna cooker and pet lover. My father raised a capable, well-rounded daughter and I’m grateful.

  39. My dad taught me to always help others, no matter how small the action. He would always be the first to help someone who was struggling with something and even if he didn’t know how to do it, he would follow their instruction and help the best he could. He was in the army and is currentry a nurse, so his values are well taught. Because of him, I’ve always worked in a job where I am allowed to go above and beyond to help someone, and will be the first one to offer if anyone asks for help. He also helped me form a love for Sci-fi and video games, two of my favorite past times, allowing me to be able to help with kids in a small way

  40. After 13 years of not seeing my father until he was on his death bed, I reflect in the fact he taught me independence, he taught me strength, he gave me the ability to become who I am today, he showed me through absence that everyone has their own path to travel in life, and he taught me to respect the life each person chooses to live. He taught me that although years may pass that a father will always love his children. I will forever be grateful for the path my father chose, for without that I would not be who I am today, and he had a part in that although he never would have known it.
    I love you Dad Xx

  41. My Father taught me the importance of hard work, honesty, reliability and integrity. Because of these traits, I have been able to be self-employed, cleaning houses and assisting some of my elderly clients with their everyday life. Because I am honest, reliable and hard working, I have had the same clients for many years, and they treat me like family, making my job very satisfactory and rewarding.

  42. My dad taught me from a young age to make my own decisions. He would help me list my options (good and bad) and the outcome of those options. Then leave the decision up to me. This also taught me that actions have consequences and you have to live with them – again good and bad! Miss him every day!

  43. My Dad taught me that even though I was a woman there was nothing I couldn’t do if I set my mind to it. It gave me the courage to do things I wouldn’t have without that encouragement.

  44. My dad told me that I can do anything I put my mind to. When I left for boot camp right after I graduated from high school, He told me that I should take everything day by day, and when that is too difficult, take things hour by hour, or even minute by minute. There were times when I needed that advice. I did complete boot camp and an additional 8 years of service. It would’ve been easy to quit, but with persistence I was able to accomplish something that was quite difficult.

  45. That it is never too late to start something. He became an avid runner at the age of 61.
    Not walker or jogger. Full on runner!

  46. The most valuable lesson my father taught me was to forgive. My parents had separated at a young age and my childhood with my mother had been very abusive. After being estranged from her for a few years I found out she had terminal cancer. I was very confused over how to deal with this and my father who was as disgusted with how she had treated her children as I was, said to me “If you don’t make your peace and let go of what she did then she will die and you will be the one left full of anger.” I was 19 at the time and after much deliberation I did make a kind of peace with her and freed myself of a life of resentment. Forgiveness grants freedom x

  47. The lesson my dad taught me in life was to put others before yourself. He did it in subtle ways that I didn’t recognize until I was much older with children of my own. One of my favorite memories with my dad as a child (and now a favorite passtime with him and my children) is fishing. While fishing, I often see him work his fishing skills to catch a fish on my son’s or daughter’s pole when they are not looking. Once the fish is on the line, he’ll call them over to reel it in. He makes a great fuss about what a good little fisherman my son or daughter is and how they always “outfish” him. I realized through watching this time and time again how familiar it was as he did this with me too. To this day he tells everyone I outfish him although his skills greatly surpass my own. The deeper meaning behind this example is how often he puts himself last and how what he enjoys is not the competition, but rather, helping others around him succeed. This is only one example of how my dad has done this in my life and in the lives of many around him. He is not a prideful man. He does not take credit for what is not his. Rather, he often sacrifices credit for what is his to others. Standing back and watching the pure happiness he experiences when he watches others achieve warms my heart and makes me so proud to call him my dad. Everyday I hope that I am able to continue this legacy and be as selfless as my father is.

  48. The best thing that my father taught me is every hill has another side. This meaning though you are climbing up a hill that is aweful with nothing going right the other side has good news coming. This shaped me to never give up and to just keep going. The main way this helped was in high school I failed a college class I needed to graduate and in the 3 remaining weeks left in school I took the high school version of the class and passed with an A. Four years later and I’m going into my final year of college. He encouraged me the whole way and had pushed me through the hard times.

  49. My father taught me to always be present in the moment. That message was well-received when I was young, but in these times it is a critical way of being. We’re so plugged in most of the time that we often forget to unplug and be present. I try to keep this message in mind when I’m interacting with anyone, no matter the length of the interaction or the nature of the relationship. Whether I’m saying, “Good morning” as I pick up my caffeine on the way to work or I’m having movie night and a bed picnic with my granddaughter. Sometimes I falter and I’ll start checking my email or social media when I should be enjoying these fleeting moments, but even my 7 year old granddaughter knows to call me out on this by saying, “Hello, are you here?” It those moments I put down my phone, apologize, pull her close and give her a good squeeze and say, “Yes, I’m here now.”

    1. I should add that the message was driven home when he left and stopped spending time with us. When he was there a few times every few years, he acted like we were an intrusion. This is what made me want to live by his words, and not his actions.

  50. One of the things My father taught me that life is a hard road and you have many ups and downs but the most important thing is your health, family, and friends. Without those nothing will ever be easy. Because with your health you can tackle anything you put your mind to. And with your family and friends they will be there to help you through the bad moments in life. This has changed how i see everything and gas helped me bond friendships that i cherish and look at more of family than friends. My family and friends have helped make wonderful memories i cherish and when things get me down they are there for me. Its been 3 years since my dad passed away but he has taught me so many things. And everything he has taught me i still hold on to because in my heart he was a hero. He was in the Navy for 30 years and after he retired he worked hard every day he battled cancer for 20 years and never stopped fighting.

  51. My father taught me so much that it’s hard to narrow it down. From fishing and building a house to how to hold my tongue and have patience, but I think the most important lesson he taught was to value life and the ones you love. He’s been a firefighter almost his whole life in a small town in Michigan. I can remember more than one Christmas where we had to wait well after noon to open presents because Dad was off fighting a fire at someone else’s house. Someone else whose Christmas wasn’t going to be nearly as merry. And when he got home smelling of smoke and sweat and any number of other things, he’d wrap us up in a hug and tell us how lucky he was to have us and how lucky we are to have each other. And after a nice hot shower and breakfast/lunch, we’d have our delayed Christmas with a sense of solemnity, knowing that we really are lucky and that he was always going to protect us and be there for us. And he has been. Even now. And I’m so lucky for that.

  52. When I was 5, my father taught me how to fly…and swim. We were canoeing down a river with a large group. I wanted to jump off the rock and swim like my cousins, but I was too scared. My dad tricked me into looking over the edge. When I did, he picked me up and through me in. I landed in the river, and struggled to swim to the surface. I was swimming, but the current was dragging me down stream; I was terrified. I managed to swim to shore and climb out. I laid on the banks and cried for a minute. My dad yelled at me from the rock, “That’s my boy!” I was so happy to make my dad proud that I forgot I had been scared. I jumped off the rock several more times that day and was sad when we had to leave. My dad made me feel like I could do anything. He always believed in me more than I believed in myself. I guess the real lesson was self-confidence.

  53. My father always told me as a child that there is nothing to fear in this world except him! He made me realize at a young age that fear is what you make it and this has helped me to never let fear hold me back from something!

  54. The most valuable lesson my Dad taught me is that I am not limited in what I can do because I am a woman. He treated me exactly the same as my older brother growing up, taught me how to use shop tools, and how to change a tire, and how to make a jig and how to swing a hammer and how to stain wood. Because of this I have a bit of an independent spirit, and can look a challenge in the face and take it head on. My Dad is the greatest ♥️

  55. The most valuable lesson my father taught me was no matter how small an act of kindness is it matters. What you consider small might mean the world to the other person. Also, all act of kindness are returned in one way or another sometime in your life. It is you being a good person and there are others out there that are like you doing the same. And even when you think you are at your lowest you can always do something for another. It really has made who I am as a person. I see it as a balance because all the negativity we have seen recently. Always have a balance in life.

  56. My father taught me compassion. Which I try to have for everyone I encounter. The world would be a better place if more people would do this.

  57. My greatest lesson from my Father was not to do something “half-assed”. If it is worth doing, then do it right the first time. I carry this with me today as a piece of my personality and commitment to personal integrity where if I tell you that I will do something – I will. Happy Father’s Day to all those great Dad’s out there!

  58. My father insisted that I do one thing and do it well. This taught me to accept my failures as experiences and to learn from them.

  59. when I was young, my father was a house painter. We had very little, and lived a simple life because of it. When he was 36, and the oil industry left him with fewer jobs (since no one had money to hire painters), he decided that he should be more, and do more. He finished college and went on to law school. He taught his kids that it’s never too late to take control of your life, to do more, to do what you want. But, also, growing up with nothing as a young child made me appreciate anything and everything I get now. That others “trash” can make a huge difference in others lives. So, although I don’t always have much now that I’m grown, I give when I can and share because I never know how much of an impact it could have. Anything over what I need in life is a gift and I appreciate it all so much, hopefully one day my daughter understands that.

  60. My dad had a dad and stepdad. Neither one was really there for him as a father should be. For this reason, my own dad didn’t know how to be a dad. He was a trucker, and that was about all he did know. When us kids grew up, he finally started becoming a friend. He died just before my 30th birthday. Well at 25, I became a dad myself, and took sole custody of my daughter. I didn’t want to fail as a father myself, so I took what he did wrong, and did it right instead. I have always thanked him for the hard lesson, and for shaping me into the best dad I could possibly be. I may not have made the best life I could, but thanks to my dad, my daughter has never had to struggle or worry that I didn’t love her. That was the best gift my dad could have ever given me!

  61. is to never give up and that being said he would say practice makes perfect i hated it as a kid im like i got this until one day i failed at what i was doing and he said did you practice i said i thought i had it and he said just keep on practiceing you will never be as perfect as the next person and the next person will never be as perfect as you and that made me think and ive never given up on anything

  62. My dad always told us to never use credit cards unless absolutely necessary. “If you can’t afford it or you can’t save up for it, you don’t need it”. I have always followed this little tidbit.

  63. He told me, that on my job interview tell them what they want to here, then work your butt off learning the job. Show them how much they need you and you’ll go far. I now own the business. Thanks dad!

  64. My dad taught me so many things but one of the things that sticks with me most is to do whatever it takes to take care of your family. When we were little and didn’t have much money, my dad would paint houses on the side to be sure we had food, a home and utilities. One time he stepped off a ladder and broke his ankle so he duct taped it and continued because “the job won’t finish itself”!! Even today when I need my dad, he’s there! And I know I made it through my husbands military career and sons last 11 yr battle with cancer BECAUSE of my dad!!

  65. My dad taught me to stand up for what I believe in and by doing so I would be true to myself. This advice I try to incorporate as part of my life. I feel good about myself when I am honest and fight for what I believe is right. Feeling good about myself makes me a more confident person and allows me to go to sleep at night and not have regrets.

  66. The only lesson my real father taught me was that he only cared when he could control my mom and me. However, my step dad has taught me to question everything. Never believing what anyone is telling me. Got me in trouble a few times at school.

  67. Pretty much learned this from witnessing his example. When you meet someone, give them the opportunity to meet who you really are. More often than not what you get in return is some else feeling at ease enough to give back the same.
    Revealing your true self frees others to do so as well.

  68. My Dad passed away from cancer almost 8 years ago from cancer. One of the greatest things I learned from him was to nurture my passions. He would take me to art fairs in Chicago, and encouraged my love of art. It is a great tradition to pass on to my daughter, and I get to relive fond memories I had with him.

  69. Didn’t have the best relationship with my dad, unfortunately…but because of that I’ve learned how to be a good parent & to spend quality time with my children! My boys are my whole world & they know it!

  70. I would live to win one. I watch you every time you go live on Facebook. Your a very talented young man.

  71. The most important lesson my father taught me is to never stop asking ” why?” Any scientist will tell you that questioning the status quo is the first step in trying to improve our way of life! I think this mentality is what made me want to be a biochemist! I’m constantly wondering why something manifested in biological systems this way, or how we could make a biological pathway more Efficient!

  72. I got my sister a cosmic mug for her birthday and it is literally the best gift I have ever given her (I may be exempt for the rest of her birthdays since nothing will ever live up to it)! I enjoy all the live videos!!!!

  73. My dad taught me that it’s not important if I am the best at everything, it’s more important to try. He always played sports, was never any good, but has a good attitude. He’s 65 and still plays hockey. He showed me that the important part is just to get out and play. I don’t play sports but this mentality has always helped me to beat the perfectionist in me and just enjoy myself in my life. I don’t have to be good at everything or even worry about how I look trying but just be in the moment, challenging myself.

  74. The most valuable lesson my father taught me was the importance of a good work ethic. As a child I remember having to do my chores over and over and over again until they were perfect. At the time, I thought my dad was just being a jerk, but now that I’m all grown up with a family of my own, I understand he was teaching me a lesson that I have used in all aspects of my life over and over and over again. I remember sitting for hours while he explained that there was always going to be someone better than me but that being the best I can be was all that mattered. There were 5 of us kids and by golly, every single one of us are very successful in our professional and home life and without a doubt, all of us are extremely hard workers…thanks to the lessons our father taught us in our youth.

  75. Hi Joel,

    The most valuable lesson my father taught me was to not care so much what others think. He was disabled and spent his life ignoring stares and whispers behind his back but he never let it get to him. He always had a positive outlook and a kind word for everyone. He passed away five years ago but thinking of his kind, gentle and empathetic attitude is something that definitely helps me with relating to and getting along with all different types of people today.

  76. After buying my own house (with his support) and getting the keys he took me to the basement and said ‘Mandi, I’m going to show you the most important thing in owing your own house, the shut off to the water’ now this may not seem important to anybody else a few years ago after Vancouver lost the Stanley Cup I was on the phone with a cousin which is three hours time difference in Vancouver, it was 2 o’clock in the morning I shut off all the lights, got off the phone and I could hear water running and it was my basement flooding …. so with Dad in the back if my head I could hear his voice saying ‘I’m gonna show you the most important thing to owning a house’ 🙂 it felt so good to know how to temporarily fix a problem without having to call anyone at 2am! He was so proud that I was able to ‘fix’ the isue myself! This is just one of the many reasons I am who I am. He has always taken the time to teach my brother and I the small things that turn into huge life lesons. ❤️ Ken M

  77. My father taught me that it’s possible to love someone through their flaws. No matter what they do to you. Love is unconditional.

  78. What my father taught me was to cherish each day and love those around you while you can. He passed when I was just 6 years old and have few memories to remember him by. This is why, ever since, I have taken in every moment with family and friends just to enjoy each other’s company as life is a gift. Father’s Day is a hard time every year but knowing I still have family here to share wonderful memories of my father so a great man is never forgotten. He has taught me to never take a moment for granted with a person you love and I hope he would be proud of the daughter whom he taught to love unconditionally.

    Thank you Joel for your time and sharing your talents

  79. I learned what a father should be from my step dad. He showed me what a father should be. It’s not one specific thing just worrying about me and being there for me when I needed.

  80. The only memory that comes to mind when my father and learning lessons is one time he was fighting with my mom in front of me and I said something to him I don’t even remember what I said. And he looked at me and said I wish you were never even born you are not my daughter anymore. So after that I learned the only person I can rely on is myself.

  81. It’s a hard task to pick out the most valuable lesson my Dad has taught me, because really who he was growing up shaped me in ever way to become who I am today. I think the most important lesson he taught me was one he didn’t even know about. I was 16 and just learning how to drive, I was fortunate enough to have parents who were going to buy me a car, but unfortunate enough to be 16 and ungrateful. So when I realized it was a manual car I protested up and down and refused to drive it. Eventually I gave in and let him teach me, it was a long road, one person can only stall a car so much, without ending up in tears and having an annoyed parent to deal with. But what it inadvertently taught me was, “mind over matter”. I was so stuck on thinking it would be too hard, and so scared to stall in the middle of the road or on a hill, that I didn’t want to do it. So I resisted and fought back. But once I did it I realized that it wasn’t so hard and it wasn’t something a lot of girls could do. Now I take that with me, it’s part of who I am. I know I can push through, I know I am strong, I know that if I put my mind to it I will accomplish it. All due to that moment, that seemed so insignificant at the time, in the rush of selfish teenage angst. But I appreciate it every day of my life.

  82. I love all of the pottery! Hoping sometime to be able to afford a piece of my own. In the meantime I will continue to keep watching videos and try for a giveaway!

  83. My Dad had so many great quotes. Many I can’t repeat because they would have been in German. The first that comes to mind may be simple but true and so hearfelt today on Father’s Day as on June 26th he’ll have been gone 4 years from a car accident. Gone too soon. He was never idle. Always busy in his woodwork shop or helping a neighbor. His quote was “You can sleep when you’re dead.” Keep busy and enjoy life and be friendly to everyone you meet was his motto. And yes he’s missed.

  84. My dad worked a lot as a child to provide things for me. He wasnt around that much.
    And while that sounds bad, it actually made me really strong. I was highly independent and grew confidence to be able to handle problems on my own. He trusted me to do things on my own, and now I’m not afraid to jump in and try. It’s probably my biggest strength.

  85. The most valuable lesson my father taught me is to always be compassionate and honest… Never judge others. I’ve used this throughout my life, and make it a goal to be kind to everyone. I see people, not races, colors or creeds. I make it a point to smile and say something uplifting whenever I have the chance. I lend a hand when it’s needed, without having to be asked to do so. It’s the small things in life that add up to become the biggest blessings. I hope that my kindness inspires others to do the same. Imagine how wonderful the world would be if we all just applied this one simple thing in our daily lives…

  86. The best advice my dad said to me was
    “Don’t make the same mistakes I did with you kids”
    He said that because he was married 5 times and never understood how to raise kids. I didn’t have a strong relationship with my dad until I was married with one son. My dad has passed away but I am still married to the same woman and our son is almost 12. I miss my pop. Rest In Peace USN SCPO Ret. Ross Jantzen, pop.

  87. My father taught me to love, my mother wasn’t the most loving parent, so my dad stepped up and showed me the love of two parents. He honestly taught me how to be a great parent for my own children, without him, I probably wouldn’t have become the mother I am today. I miss my dad and all the joy he brought into my life, and wish my kids could have seen, and felt what I did growing up . ❤

  88. My father taught me the importance of integrity and discipline, although I did not become fully appreciative of these lessons until long after becoming an adult and later, a parent . After he retired from the military, he became a long haul trucker. In my teens and early 20’s, I would spend time with him on the road. It was a stressful and thankless job, but he always followed the laws and regulations that often made his job harder to perform. He never sped or made unsafe maneuvers. He had friends at every truck stop and diner we went to. He made the best of his situation and always acted with integrity when I’m sure there were times it would’ve made his life extremely easier to bend a rule, here n there. I know he continued working in a job he hated so he could support his kids, but he didn’t have to do it as well as he did and for that, he will always have my respect. I learned that one, someone is always watching and observing so make sure you are demonstrating honorable behavior and two, do everything the best you can because it’s your actions that matter more than the end result. So now, I try to live my life along those same lines in hopes that I pass the sane lessons onto my kids and others.

  89. The most valuable lesson my father taught me is that any job worth doing is a job worth doing right. He told me the harder I work at something, the more I will appreciate the outcome. This has shaped my life in more ways than one; from working maintenance jobs over my summers to pay for my university education to the projects I tackle to make my home, me! My father will forever be in my memory as I pass down the same values of working hard to achieve what’s important to me in life.

  90. When I was a little girl I used to spend a significant amount of time in the hospital. I was always scared about dying I would always cry. One day my dad said to me Stacey when it’s your time it’s your time there’s nothing that you can do he said just live every moment that you have left tell people that you love them. As I got older it always stuck in the back of my mind that today could be my last day or maybe tomorrow so I always tell people that I love them I try never to leave a conversation angry I try to respect everyone even when they take me of as I got older it always stuck in the back of my mind that today could be my last day or maybe tomorrow so I always tell people that I love them I try never to leave a conversation angry I try to respect everyone. And it’s so true there are some days where I wake up in the morning and I think it’s going to be the worst day in the world and by the end of the day it’s turned into one of the best, you just never know what’s gonna happen and it’s important that you take every breath and every moment and appreciate it.

  91. I got myself in a situation with a not too great guy at a young age, put up with physical and emotional abuse for 3 years and ended up pregnant at 16 with my amazing son (who is almost 21 now). My dad taught me that just because I made some bad choices and had a bad situation, it didn’t mean I wasn’t deserving and to never give up on myself. People make mistakes all the time, it’s how they pick themselves up and carry on that matter. He helped me pick up all the pieces when my world fell apart and showed me what a real man and father should be.

  92. My father taught me to live life to its fullest everyday, don’t hold grudges because they will only hurt you in the end and to open your heart because if you get hurt at least you will feel something. Also, you create your own happiness. He passed away almost 8 years ago when I was 21. It has been hard without him and all the milestones that have since passed. But I keep my head up and know he is smiling down on me.

  93. The most valuable lesson I learned was the world doesn’t care about you. You, me, and everything we do, will one day be forgotten. It will be as if we never existed, even though we did. Nobody will care. Just like right now, almost nobody cares what you actually say or do with your life. So do what makes you happy and enjoy your life.

  94. My father taught me, like his father thought him, what is truly the most important in life. It is not material possessions that matter. It is the time spent with family and the memories created from it that are the very fibers of my being. My grandfather and grandmother didn’t have a lot of money while raising their 3 children but what they had was worth more than any dollar amount you could name. My grandmother wasn’t even supposed to be able to have children. She had three. The middle one was my dad. Because of his parents, and the way they raised him and my uncle and aunt, I have been taught miracles can happen, have faith, and to cherish every moment you have with the ones you love.

  95. He taught me to respect my elders, and to listen to my mother. His lessons have made me the woman I am today.

  96. My dad has always been a bit unique, he won’t show me how he feels or tell me, making it hard to understand him. It makes me a little sad, BUT , he was always there when I needed help. So what he taught me is to let someone try their hardest, and if they struggle give them a leg up but don’t do it for them. I always keep this in mind when teaching my siblings new things or when I was working in a nursery. I think it is a valuable lesson to have at heart and keep sharing with others. They will just like me discover they can do more than they think they can.

  97. The best lesson my father ever taught me was patience. At first I thought he taught me this because he was coaching me to be an amazing trap shooter, putting a 12 gauge in my hand at a young age. “Be patient, don’t get ahead of yourself and don’t fall behind either”. I always thought he was teaching me how to shoot and compete, but he was teaching me a life lesson I use everyday. This lesson has made me who I am, I am now one of the first female trapshooting coaches in nys and am a AA shooter, but I also have my own business and love to take care of sick and injured wildlife. I love my dad and he’s made me who I am.

  98. The advice my dad always gives is don’t balance your checkbook before bed. Well on the surface this may seem really casual and kind of funny advice it actually is very helpful and says a lot about my dad. I think what he was getting at is that you shouldn’t do things that are stressful late in the evening when you can’t fix them. My dad is very big on fixing things whether it’s money or the screen door. I think it’s important to remember that everything has a time to be done and sometimes it’s important to just wait until the morning and tackle your problems then. Also, most problems seem a little bit smaller after a good night’s rest.

  99. First I just want to say that Claude Monet is my absolute favorite artist. Ive seen some of his galleries and only wish to see his house in giverny.

    My dad and I haven’t always got along. After my parents divorced it was hard on all of us. I was a teenager who liked to argue for no reason. Yet not once did my dad ever give up or quit loving me and my siblings. I’m now recent college grad, getting married this November, and my dad is going through heart failure. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t resent how bitter I was as a teenager. But I also remember how happy he was every time he saw us. There was absolutely nothing that could keep him from being happy. Now it’s my turn to do the same for him in this hard time. And I intend to love him just as he loves me.

  100. My father taught me to be a hard worker. I was raised to do the best I can at all jobs I do. Because of that I am now with a great company doing a job I enjoy doing but never thought of doing and the company values me and continues to help me move up in the company. It also has helped me know that I want to instill that into my two girls. My father is missed greatly.

  101. My father has stamped my life in more ways that i probably will ever know. Many ‘words of the dad’ come into mind. ‘It doesn’t pay to buy junk!’ Pretty self explanatory 🙂 and my favorite ‘shoot a big bear, shoot a big turkey.’ As a hunting family, this line that we’ve shared with each other whenever we part ways on a hunting trip. A line that I told my dad when I was a young child as he would leave hunting and now my dad says it to me as I leave on a hunt. 25 years and going strong!

    But something that strikes me as a trait that my father taught me that I carry proudly, and that I share with my children is humility. Take a step back and let someone else shine. Do a deed without expecting recognition. A thanks and a return favor go a long way. As Tim McGraw says, ‘always stay humble and kind.’ I know that I learned this how my father intended me to learn when I see my children acting in a humble fashion.

  102. 30 years ago, dad taught me when I received my drivers license..”Dont ever be the first person through a green light.” Doesnt sound that important, I know. In 30 years I have seen 3 people in very bad accidents, next to me at a light, that HAD to be the first ones through. Unfortunately, some idiot on the other side always had to beat that yellow. Tiny little lesson but saved my life or limb many times.

  103. My Father taught me that the reason why we treat people like we want to be treated, is because at any moment, we can be in the other’s shoes, and therefore; should always behave as such.

    That had a profound effect on my interactions with people, especially strangers.Thanks for asking this question, and thanks Dad.

  104. My dad taught me several things but the two most important that helped shape me is “if you’re going to do something then do it right” and “don’t poke the bear!” The first has given me an incredible work ethic that has helped me get my degree while working a full time job and take care of my daughter and husband. The second made me observant to others feelings, knowing when to keep my thoughts to myself!

  105. Vanilla Ice Cream. My parents had no money when I was a baby. They each worked 3 jobs just to get by. One day my dad heard that baskin Robbins was doing an ice cream eating contest and the winner would get a years supply of ice cream or $$. My dad hates vanilla ice cream and of course that’s what it was. But he needed the $ for diapers and life so he did what he had to do to win and he did. I found a picture of him with the ice cream and check sometime in high school and was told the story. From that moment on that is what resonates in my head everytime I think I can’t do something or it’s impossible. You do what you have to do with the faith in the lord and yourself and you will succeed.

  106. If tell someone you are going to do something than you must do it! Reliability and trustworthiness had been a foundation for me as a person, wife, mother, mentor and succesd business owner, all thanks to Dad.

  107. My father always told me; If you have your foundation in life, a car and a job, you can build whatever you want.
    Even though my life was rough at times, probably beacause l was hard headed, I never gave up. I became homeless when I was young, rebelling I think, but I worked and got my first place alone in one week. I kept moving forward. A gew years later, I become a single mom, but I never let my son down; I had a car (sometimes my feet) and a job, I kept my foundation as strong as I could. I may not have had a lot but I never let myself have nothing.
    My son is now 22, in medical tech school and I finally married the best man ever. My foundation kept me going forward.
    So if you have a car (or your trusty feet) and a job; you can build anything. I will add; but please believe in yourself, believe in your talents, go beyond basic.
    I abandoned my young talents due to negative persuasion, a choice I do regret. I could of been so much more, but I believe on myself now for the talents I still have.

  108. During my life time, through his actions, my father taught me that every person has a story, listen to every word while you can.
    He taught me to listen more than I speak. That you get more out of life and give more out of life by giving people your time and attention. But never forget to save a little time to listen to yourself.

  109. My dad came to this country illegally many years ago. It was very important for him to become a US citizen so he eventually took the steps to become a legal citizen. I will never forget how happy that made him. After that, he started his own business and he now owns a home, a weekend home at lake havasu, a boat and very nice truck. He’s not rich by any means, but he does ok. He has worked very hard for everything he’s ever had!
    I learned to never give up, no matter how long it takes !

  110. My father has always told me to take responsibility for my action, to own everything that I do or say and do so with purpose. Sometimes admitting that I have done something wrong or bad is hard, but I have also learned to be humble when I do something right. He has taught me that someone may not always be watching when you do good, but be sure that someone will see when your are doing something bad. I have lived my life by this, and realize that what he said applies to everything we do, raising kids, working, or parallel parking.

  111. My dad taught me that no matter how bad things get if you have a good heart good things will come to you.

  112. Take your time and do it right the first time, or as he would say “don’t do a half assed job” He was a Seattle Firefighter for 24years. He’s been gone almost 9 years. I miss him greatly.

  113. I might have missed the deadline but the most important thing my dad taught me was about trust. I had stolen something and while he was counseling me before spanking me 😂. He said that trust the first time is a given…it is automatically extended. When you break it, it is one of the hardest things to get back, if ever….. never break trust.

  114. After my birth father left us, my mom’s friend stepped in to help with all things ‘dad’.
    For my 12th birthday he took me outside of the city for a weekend camping trip. It was awesome. Fishing, camping and horse back riding. While on this trip we sat by the fire and talked about how important people are for the soul. He said one thing during that conversation that forever changed my way of thinking.
    He said “everything you do in your life, do for those around you. It’s a hard lesson but a good one. Rise above when someone hurts you, you’re doing them a kindness. Smile at those who try to remove your self worth, you’re teaching them poise and self control. Apologize when your wrong, you’re showing them human nature. And always laugh. No matter how hard things get, and that one’s for you.”

    It may not seem like much. But it changed my entire outlook on how to handle life. It gave me the answers to every question I could ever have. It really meant the world to me. Every time my children face something hard I quote this to them in the hopes it will do for them what it did for me.

  115. Well growing up my papa always worked hard… for a long time I never thought much of it…. but in the recent years and now being a parent my self, I look back and think about how everything worth having is worth working for….. may it be a loving family, nice things, or respect. ..

    I now have a different perspective on how he lived his days… and how he was really teaching me… I try to teach my own kids the meaning of hard work and honesty… I pray that it sinks in..

    Either way happy father’s day to all the father’s! !! Mine included

  116. I was blessed to have A stepdad that came into my life when I was 14 and stayed in my life until he passed away even after my him and my mom split up. My real dad wasn’t around much until well after I became an adult. I had slot of anger over that but my step dad reminded me that no matter what happens in life good or bad not to dwell on past problems. You can’t change it. He told me keep my eyes forward and my heart open and look to the stars for guidance ( he was an avid stargazer and loved to teach me about them) because of his words and love, I have a great relationship with my real dad now! I miss my step dad terribly but his influence, guidance and love show up in everything I do today. I try to raise my children like he raised me. And I still look to the stars for him.

  117. My dad taught me all kinds of things but the most important life lesson I learned came from my grandpa. I was struggling, taking care of my siblings, working 2 full time jobs trying to make ends meet. I lived in a rough neighborhood and my own family was continuously robbing me of every little penny I had. He told me that if I didn’t stand up for myself no one else was going to. He showed me that I can still love my family and be supportive without being taken advantage of if I had the courage to stand up. I miss that old man every day but his words still ring true to me today.

  118. My father was never there for me and my two sisters growing up. As I got older I tried to build a relationship with my father and it just didn’t work. I promised myself that I would work as hard as I can so my child would never have to go through that. My husband is an amazing father he will do anything for his son no matter what. We have been together 11 years and our son is a year-and-a-half and I wouldn’t change anything. This is how a father should be, loving and caring like my husband is. I am happy that my son has such an amazing role model. I have learned from my husband how a father should treat his child that I truly value.

  119. My father wasn’t a religious man, he believed in the universe, we would have conversations lasting til 2 in the morning about life, and life after death. Little did I know that these conversations would be the very thing I hold on to when he passed at 55. We had been the father/ daughter duo since I was 7. The universe and the 7 P’s (prior proper planning prevents piss poor production) are the greatest lessons he’s ever taught me. Being an only child I chose to take over the house he built, that he always said “when I’m gone, this is all yours”. I have been torn to my core and took on more then I ever thought I could handle. Two years later, lots of 7 P’s planning with some failed attempts, I finally feel like I have planted my feet. He’s always with me, visiting in my dreams. I’m finding my joy in everyday. I was very lucky to have a dad who loved, supported, and wasn’t afraid to let me know when I was being stupid for 26 years. Thank you for listening.

  120. Most valuable lesson my dad teaches me daily is to be there for your family​ in every way …..he helps everyone one of us grown kids in every way possible

  121. I was 11 when my father died suddenly of a heart attack. In that instant my mother became a widow and we went from a family of four to a fatherless family of three. My father had worked in the accounting department of a local university. It may sound dull but he was anything but. We enjoyed visiting him where he worked, and everyone seemed to know us…the twins! I imagine now that his joy on our arrival spread all over the small campus. When my sister and I were little, he pretended to play the piano on our backs and sang along; and he really did play the piano, which we loved to hear. If we did anything wrong, we knew our father would set us right. He was proud of my mother, who worked at another college. I guess he was ahead of his time in supporting women in the workplace. There are many wonderful things I could mention about my Dad but I think the most important thing he taught my sister and me, in the short time we were lucky to have him, was to make life count in simple ways. Enjoy the small things, have fun, help those in need, and love others. And so, through his life and his early death, I have learned that each day is precious, each day is an opportunity to make a difference, each day should be filled with fun and love, each day is a new adventure where we can use the talents we have been blessed with, each day is truly a gift. I still remember looking out the back window of the car at the long line of cars snaking behind us on the way to the cemetery after his funeral. I knew then, this precious man, my father, was greatly loved.

  122. My father was instrumental in teaching me that your family is most important. He was the 8th of 10 children and shared a room and clothes with his brothers. They were there for each other through thick and thin. I’m the oldest of 4 kids and I don’t know what I’d do without my siblings. My Dad showed me that nothing is more important than the bond between brothers and sisters.

  123. My father was an abusive alcoholic. The greatest lesson he taught me was if you cannot love yourself enough to love others and be a positive power for them, then don’t be around. I learned how to father my own children by not following my father’s lead. I love him for leaving me and not exposing me to the person he’d become.

  124. Once my sisters and I got out of school my Dad was not impressed with our boyfriend choices. I learned early on that you can’t judge a book by it’s cover. He would not care for them when we had him meet them. He was more impressed as time went on and he got to know each one. I will always remember to give any person I meet the benefit of doubt and not judge. Everybody has a story and until you ask you will never know. I have become a better person just by learning that.

  125. It’s as simple as “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”. My dad was pretty judgemental himself until he actually got to know my sisters and I’s boyfriend choices. Didn’t care for any of them by their looks. I remember he would change his tune after he got to know them. I learned to not judge early on in life and find it very interesting to meet people no matter what is their “walk of life”.

  126. My father passed when I was 3 years old, but even though I never knew him I have always lived in a way I knew would respect and make him proud. I have learned to enjoy every day, every breath, and just be a caring and kind person. The world needs more loving and caring people.

  127. Although not by blood, that never mattered. He always said, “You are my daughter.” Simple. Always called and was always there. The man was wonderful. He put everyone before himself. He taught me to love something fierce, unconditionally. To give, and to put out into the world and never expect anything in return. That if the world is crashing down, you keep moving. Life is too short to hold onto the negative and be angry; it is a waste of energy. You should hold onto the positive, and let that positivity radiate into the world. It’s not easy. Life isn’t easy. It’s so odd how there can be such beauty in chaos. I love you dad, always and forever.

  128. My Daddy- now “Grandpoop” to my kids, taught me to work hard towards your goal. He owns a landscape business and would take us with him in the summer to work with him so we could save towards our goals. We worked our butts off and made money and loved every minute of the payoff. Keep a goal in sight and work it!! I do that now with my own side business and try to grow, little by little towards my goal of working for myself.
    Thanks for sharing your dreams and goals! Love seeing the great work!

  129. My farther has always been there for me no matter what. Going throw my strugfles I am on disability but he always told me never give up. That my flaws make me stonger. Thats why I would by one of your flaws work because no body is pefecrt. Anyways my dad is my rock he encourage me to fellow my dreams. No matter what. One day I hope I succeed wanna be a travelling potter. Thanks for the inspiration.

  130. My dad taught me to go for it. He always said to tell people how you feel before things get out of hand. He’s taught me hard work ethic. I was raised in northern MN. He worked in the mines. They would shut down, so he cut lumber, loaded it, and sold it to local buyers. He did this as long as I remember growing up. Now he is 86 years old and confined to a mobilized scooter. My mom does all his car and lifts for him. He’s very humble and gets sad too. His mind is there but his body has given up on him from his years of hard work and providing for his family. He’s the best dad and grandpa I know to myself and my daughter. I love you dad for all you sacrificed.

  131. My dad taught me Unconditional love… My dad adopted me straight out of the hospital when I was born for the next 51 years my dad has always been there for me he has always showed me that no matter what is going on in life things will be okay. My dad taught me about money, how to fix things, to be nice to others etc but love was the most important thing my dad taught me.

  132. Before I was 17 I knew how to milk a cow, build a set of stairs, change the oil in a car, bake bread without a recipe, sew my own clothes and how to read a map. My father taught me that being a girl did not mean that I needed to rely on someone to take care of me. My father taught me the value of each person as an individual, to live with grace and strength. That I am in charge of my successes and mistakes and to learn from both and to always have a cat.

  133. My Dad was a man I met when he had weeks to live, my Mum brought me up. My Dad was dying of Cancer. He wanted to know me!! All my life I just thought he didn’t care. I wanted to know him. We felt so much love in those 2 weeks. He was a good hard working caring man who was scared. He taught me so much in that very short time. I wish my Dad was here today.

  134. I didn’t meet my biological father until I was 15. I was lucky to be raised by my mother and stepfather. My stepfather is the man who I’ve called Dad my entire life. He has taught me everything I’ve needed to learn to survive as an adult. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from him are to stand up for myself and for others who have no voice, whenever I can. In middle school, I was bullied by girls for not having name brand material things and it even went as far as being targeted by a group of girls who wanted to hurt me and beat me up. He is the one who taught me not only how to defend myself if I were confronted and in danger, but he taught me that material things do not matter and that I shouldn’t let other people’s opinions of me get me down. As an adult, I don’t care about name brand or material things. I find peace easily and am happy with what I have. I really think I could have been a totally different person had my stepdad not raised me.

  135. My dad taught me the ultimate lesson. He passed away when I was 15. It wasn’t expected and at 15 I learned a lesson that I don’t think any child should have to learn. Life is short, we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow and that life does go on. My dad was a good dad, maybe not always present, but he did what he needed to support his family. Now that I am a parent, I see all of the sacrifices a parent makes for their child/children. Of all the events in my life, nothing has shaped me more. And while, at first the lesson wasn’t clear and through grief I added more pain to others lives, I have grown. Over 20 years later, I have come to realize my dad made me strong. He makes me look forward to each day that we have, to love those around me and to find comfort in the simple things in life. Father’s Day is always hard and always will be. My dad was a baseball fan and always told us “You’re still just a Rookie”. If we live life right, shouldn’t we always be the Rookie? Just taking in life and learning new things and growing who we are?!

  136. My father taught me to be strong and independent. From a young age i was taught how to do everything by myself. It has made my life as a single mom so much easier because i can do it all alone. I am teaching my daughter the same lessons. Woman can be strong and independent. Never let anyone tell you you cant do something!

  137. My father, or Daddy as I call him, taught me to love and respect nature. And how to be strong. Mind you, he didn’t teach me these lessons by book, but through his love for growing and nurturing fruit trees, roses, gardenias, every kind of vegetable imaginable, and, by watching him care for the wild animals he would find. If he found a turtles nest in his garden, he wouldn’t destroy it. Instead he would show me the eggs, and cover them back up, marking the area so he would remember them. All wild animals and our own pets were loved and cared for.

    To this day, I have a love of nature. Being outside is my therapy. It’s good for my soul. And I can see the beauty in things that others may deem as being flawed or unattractive.

  138. My dad taught me that a sacrifice for family will never go unnoticed. He worked 2 jobs while my mom worked one when we were kids and didn’t have a lot of time to spend with me and my siblings but he did this so we had what we needed in everyday life and it made the times we did get to spend with him that more special. He showed me that you do what is necessary for your family.

  139. My father taught be that no matter what life throws at me, I have the ability to overcome it. Despite almost a dozen surgeries, numerous health issues and those curve balls life has thrown my way, I have never given up. He’s also always been there for us kids and his grandchildren, playing a vital role in my daughters life and has encouraged me to follow my dreams. Dreams which lead me back to college, 2 classes away from my degree and discovery of my love for ceramics 🙂

  140. My dad taught me to work hard. Growing up we were not the wealthy family, I grew up in a decent neighborhood in an apartment. My dad worked opposite shift as my mom so they could always be home with us. He wworked his 8+hour job everyday and came home and still had time to help the landlord do projects and even had time to watch my sister’s and I dance and sing to new kids on the block!. He worked so hard at his job and made enough money to buy a house, wasn’t the biggest house or most beautiful house but it was ours! We made it beautiful. He continues working and helping everyone in the neighborhood with snow removal and grass cuting. A few years ago he had a major heart attack, it was the scariest thing I’ve ever felt with. But of course..dad turns it around and works even harder to become healthy and strong and has heeled his heart almost 100%. I would love to give this hard working man a piece of your art!

  141. My father taught me never to judge anyone based on what they look like and to always help people in need. My father is the type of man who will give you the shirt off of his back, despite it being freezing outside. He always thinks of others before himself and taught me the same morals and values that I try to instill in my daughter. Speaking of, he’s also been a huge father figure in her life, her Father passed when she was 11. I couldn’t have wished for a better Father… he’s pretty fantastic.

  142. My dad taught me to put othersneeds before my own. Him and my mom adopted me when I was 6 monthes old and they were 45! My dad worked for the Boy Scouts and I saw firsthand his giving nature which he instilled in all of his children as well as his scouts. I am forever blessed to have had such an amazing dad. It’s been almost 5 years since he passed away and not a day goes by without my thoughts turning to him.

  143. My father taught me the importance of family. We didn’t grow up with a lot, but my father was generous with his time and love. One of my most cherished memories is going to Dairy Queen in our pajamas for ice cream on the spur of the moment. That was one of the greatest gifts my father gave us. I can remember this adventure as a wonderful gift. More than any expensive present I could have ever received.


  144. My dad led by example. He taught me daily how to work hard, love life, and shine your light to all those you encounter. He taught me to embrace life with a grateful heart, always choose happiness and laugh often. (lots of laughter when chaos ensued) This year is the fifth Father’s Day without him, but I am often reminded about how lucky I am to be his daughter. He sends me light and positivity and whenever I’m stuck I know he guides me.

  145. My daddy taught us to make a difference. He put us (3 daughters) thru school to take care of ourselves without depending on someone else…
    My daddy would give you the shirt off his back. He never passed anyone by asking for food or help. He either fed them, give them money or work.
    He always told us if it was within our means without getting ourselves in a bind to help people because not everyone have an easy life. I hold that still today.
    Is made me a better person because of I can make a difference in one person’s life, I know I’ve made him proud.
    He still today at 72 with dementia takes care of his family. My mother whom is sick and tries to the rest of us. He loves his family. He’s made sure his family sigil be cared for even be no longer can. My daddy is An Amazing man I clubby never made 43 yrs without….
    Life isn’t about you. It’s about those you love. It’s about happiness. It’s about making a difference… And he’s made us all better people…

    1. Just 3 words and I approach everything this way…..

      “Be an individual”

      You’d be surprised at the outcome of things doing it this way.

  146. My Father taught me to make decisions with my head & not my heart. Don’t let my emotions make the decision for me. I didn’t listen to his advice until I was a bit older. He also taught me to be a hard worker. There won’t be any handouts in this life & I need to work hard for what I want. He is one of the hardest working guys I know and he does it all with a smile on his face. He taught me tough love and to never settle.

  147. My father is one of my best friends. The most important thing he taught me is to be myself, regardless of what other people think, even him. Being true to my personality has shaped me into the person I am today. I’ve always looked up to my father, and I see a lot of him in me. He is such a good person and I am honored to be his daughter.

  148. I did not have a father growing up. So I will tell you what I learned from my mother. She taught me to never give up, that I can make it through anything. GOD always has my back. Don’t look back you are not going that way.

  149. So my father was killed a few months before i was born. However; my grandfather and a bestfriends father stepped up and molded me into the person i am today. My grandpa kept our entire family close. He was definitely the center of our family. He taught me how important it is to take care of yours. I spent alot of my childhood at my bestfriends house. I was almost like a adopted child of his parents. His father worked midnights at a local factory. He would come home in the mornings and take a few hour nap and them work his tail off all day around the house just to do it all over the next night. He truly instilled in me that if you want something you bust your tail to get it. Nothing in this world is free and if you want it, grind until its yours.

  150. My father taught me the value of hard work. He often would come home from one job and head out to a side job. Often with us kids in tow and always qith a smile on his face! My mom worked nights and he did landscaping. Because of his hard work, all our needs were met and I am forever greatful. I now have an amazing work ethic thanks to him.

  151. We grew up in a rural area in Northeast Tennessee. The largest employer in the area was Eastman Chemical. My father’s father worked for a contractor in the plant. When my Dad was 9 years old, his Father was killed by a piece of equipment falling on him. Things were very different back then. There was no compensation for my dad’s family. My Grandfather left behind 6 children with the oldest being 12. My dad and the older boys had to quit school and go to work. He worked at a dairy farm then went on to drive a milk truck to pick up from the farms each day. He said they always told him that you were a “man” when you could carry two full milk cans; one in each hand. Years later, he got a job as a heavy equipment operator. He was a hard worker and he taught us all through the example he set for us. When he would come home in the winter, I would sit in the floor and help him remove his snowy boots and layers of clothes until he warmed up. As a child, when the phone rang in the middle of the night during winter time, I knew I could turn off my alarm. That call meant that dad was called out at 2:09-3:00am to push snow from parking lots and roads. I believe my father was the toughest man God ever made. He was ran over by a large dump truck and broke his leg. Mom didn’t know he was even hurt until he came home in a cast. He sat down and promptly chiseled the thing off so he could go back to work the next day. When he was about 65 and still working, he had 3 fingers almost cut completely off. He had a crew pouring concrete and he was directing the chute. He had his hand laid upon it and the driver flipped down the last section and caught dad’s hand. Years later a friend who was working with him that day told my husband and I that dad grabbed a dirty cloth and wrapped his hand up while they called 911. He continued to work and wouldn’t sit down until the ambulance got there and told him he had to go. He retired and spent his time spoiling his grandchildren. We were never wealthy by today’s standards but we never went hungry and we were loved. Somehow he would always come up with extra money for dance lessons for me. He would work overtime and we would sit at the kitchen table and he would tell me how many hours he had worked and I would figure up how much his check would be. It doesn’t matter to me about winning. I am always proud to tell someone about my father. He died at age 78 of small cell lung cancer. I miss him greatly but will never forget the lessons he taught me or the love he showed us all.

  152. My dad taught my so many valuable lessons but one of the best things he thought me is that life is always better with laughter.

  153. Your pottery is amazing. I came across you you love making cosmic cups. You have a magnificent talent. Awesome work!

  154. My Bio father left when I was 7, and during those 7 years he was never around much anyway.
    When I was 12 my mother remarried, and he became my father. While at first he said he didn’t want to replace my ‘dad’ or have me think he was trying to, I WANTED him to.

    Over the years he showed me how family is not determined by biology. He stepped into my life at a time when I needed it most. Through the years he has taught me more than I could possibly type, but the one thing that sticks out is, Love. Love is everlasting and overcomes pain and anger.

  155. My Father taught me that Honesty & Intergrity is truly important. Honesty with your family, friends, spouse, children and most important Yourself. Being dishonest can truly affect your life and the life of the people around you. Honesty and integrity is who you are in the deepest part of your soul. I thank God for giving me to my Dad! He is truly my HERO! My Dad has also taught me how to love! I see how much he loves and adores my Mom, his children and grandchildren. So when I don’t love myself (because I have a long way to go on my weight journey) I think of that love and it give me strength! All of those things have molded me into the person I am today. And my prayer, my hope is that my daughter (when she is a older adult) thinks of me the same if I think of my Dad!

  156. My father’s name is Marvin Miller. People called him Marv , his friends called him Rusty. He is, to this day, the most amazing human being I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I remember when I was a little kid, every Sunday we went to church, and every Sunday I did not want to go. My mom would yell into my room for me to get out of bed and start getting ready to go. I would just lay there. I knew that if I waited long enough my dad would eventually come in, climb in my bed and have a talk with me. He would ask me why I wasn’t getting ready like my mother asked me to. I told him every time how the kids were mean to me and I felt out of place there. He would tell me about all of the fun plans he had for the family after church(specifically me, I was his shadow). He would build me up and tell me that I had to put on my best smile and pull myself out of the funk that I was in. Then he would tell me to help him wash his hair and help him style his hair…I would give him all kinds of funny hairdos. But he would say, alright now let’s do my hair the way I like it, which was very old fashioned but the way he had been doing it since he was a young boy. Parted on the side and combed over. He was by no means bald. After that he would want to shave his face. Get rid of his “whiskers” as he called them. But before he did, he would take the palm of my hand and tickle it with the whiskers on his chin. This was my favorite part of Sundays. I was in such a better mood, it didn’t matter that we were going to church. But he taught me to focus on what makes me happy. Not to worry about if someone couldn’t see that I am worth their time. Self-worth.
    I could go on and on. He has taught me almost everything I know. From which plants or berries are edible in the woods, what type of tree I was standing next to, to what the names of each bird singing around us were. He taught me how to fish, how to walk silently in the woods…how to build things. He was an amazing craftsman…and he taught me how to love unconditionally, how to be compassionate. To this day, I will never figure out how he fought cancer and never complained about the cards that had been dealt to him. And even though I do catch myself taking some sunrises for granted…I appreciate so much in life and it is because of him.
    I know this is kind of all over the place, but that is how my thoughts get when I start to talk about him. He is the most important person to me. My hero.

  157. I did not grow up with a father. I wish I could talk about my mother, but she was not a mother to me. She was the opposite of what a mother should be; meaning, she was abusive.
    I like to compare myself to a sponge, or a chameleon. Growing up, there was a lot I would intake from everyone around me; teachers, friends, family members, and even strangers. I believe every single person you come across, has something to teach you, regardless of how big, or small that lesson may be.

    There is, however, one person in my life, who has taught me so much, and has helped me grow in so many ways. This person is one of the most selfless, and giving, there is… Even when she does not have much to give. She is the definition of what it is to be a human being, a true human being. She has shown me there is way more to life than pain, suffering, neglect, and other things. She has been my rock. She has been my pillar. She has been my greatest teacher. She pushes me to be the best version of myself, to constantly be brave, speak up for myself, and push myself to cross my limits… Because if there is anyone in this world that could ever stop me from reaching my full potential, ever, it is myself… No one else. She has helped me realize, and learn, how true that is.
    She is, my wife.

    I have always been the type of person who will stand up to injustice and cruelty, when it comes to other people, and beings. When it comes to myself, I had always had a really hard time doing that. I had always had a hard time voicing my thoughts and feelings, when I felt I was being treated unfairly. I used to be extremely quiet, when around other people (some would think I was mute, and that is not a joke), and just not all that confident.
    You can think of old me, as the kid sitting in the back of the classroom, hiding in the corner, always anxious, terrified of being called on by the teacher, to share my thoughts.
    New me, is the exact opposite of that. I now have the strength and courage to not let anyone walk over me, nor take advantage of me. I now have the strength to talk about what hurts. I now have the strength to speak up when I do not like or agree with something. I now have the strength to say no. I now have the courage to say yes, when I do want something. I now have the strength to push myself, through my anxiety issues.
    There is just so much that I have learned from her, aside from life lessons. She has taught me how to do so many things, too. She has shown me things, and places, I had never seen, nor experienced before. She will even push herself for me, which, in turn, inspires me to keep pushing myself.

    Constantly growing, constantly learning, constantly improving myself… With her help. She is, and always will be, my hero.

  158. The most valuable piece of advice my dad has given me is to let go of what you cannot control. When I would come to him about an issue I had been facing, he’d ask me, “Is this in your lulahoop?” Referring to the circle of the things in my life I CAN control. Many times I’d say no. His advice was just the beginning of a practice of SURRENDERING issues, thoughts and emotions to God (our father.) Years later, I realize now what it is all about; that if I surrender these things to God, it is in His hands and as He has promised to me and to us all- His ways are PERFECT and no evil can touch it.
    (Thanks, Dad:))

  159. My father stepped up and raised my sister and I. He is the sweetest, most loving man I’ve ever known and instilled a very strong work ethic in me. He still owns the house I grew up in and works very hard every day at 59 years old with no hope of retiring anytime soon. He’s kind hearted, sensitive, caring, loving, passionate, and I am just like him! I am truly blessed to have him as a father and would not be who I am today without him in my life.

  160. My Dad has been my crutch the past 1.5 years. I’ve recently been divorced and he (and my Mom) have been by my side every step of the way for my children and I. My Dad’s love is unconditional. He is my hero and my biggest fan. He is always here first while my world was falling apart. We’ve sat at my table and contemplated life over numerous cups of coffee. It would be an honor to give Dad something so unique to celebrate another cup of coffee and look back at how far we’ve come! Even at my adult age….I am proud to say that I am “Daddy’s Little Girl!”

  161. My dad was a part of my life but I don’t really have good memories of him. He turned my world upside down when I had just graduated high school, and not in a good way! So my memories are of my beautiful angel mother! She was taken too soon from us, but she was the most amazingly talented person I knew! She taught me that you should do what you love, no matter what it is! She taught me unconditional love!!! A mothers love is like no other💗💗

  162. My father was the eldest of 8 children when he was 13 he saw his 11 year old brother get hit and killed by a car while they were riding their bikes, in high school his father passed away from a heartattack and my dad worked very hard to help support the family. My dad had a hard life but it never stopped him from being a hard working and loving father
    My dad has taught me that life isnt always fair and that I will experience things that make life feel unbareable. Hes taught me that the most important thing in life is to stand back up and push through when life is hard, that no matter how bad things get, there is always a way to make the rough days better. My dad has taught me to enjoy every moment I have in life because life is short delicate and you never know when it will be over. I have taken all these things to heart, when days are rough I know its only temporary, I take in every good moment I experience and treasure it, whether it be a concert or a vacation or even just overlooking beautiful scenery while sipping some tea and enjoying a good book. I love with all my heart, I remind my family and friends how loved they are often and I go out of my way to provide acts of kindness and compassion for anyone who has a need. Life is short, it’s sometimes bittersweet, but I want to live it to my fullest and with life lessons from my father im on my way!!!

  163. First Father’s Day without dad. So many days I reflect and hear him in almost all my daily activities. His impact on my life is one of heart ache and pride at the same time. You always will have unanswered questions after a passing of a loved one,so if your lucky enough to have your dad still here,then absorb all you can. Be proud of where you came from and be simple with monitary things. Don’t live beyond your means and in the end you only will want the sentimental things that are worth far more than all the riches in the world. Take time to live and do what makes you happy don’t put on a fake attitude to impress or be something your not. Say what you feel and be who you are.

  164. Dad was a wise man.

    He taught me how to rebuild a car, top to bottom. I can change your oil and clay bar your paint…replace your breaks and pull out your dent.

    He taught me how a man should treat a woman. After 44 years he still looks at my Mom with total love. He holds her hand. He kisses her at every chance. He loves her completely.

    He taught me how to be a good parent. How nothing is more important than family. We stick together and take care of each other. He showed me what a good father looks like.

    He taught me to never give up. Even when I was really sick and just wanted to give in…he wouldn’t take that crap from me. He fought through his own trials with strength and humor.

    Finally, Dad showed me that anything is possible with hard work and integrity.

    Now I’m raising 3 of my own and Dad’s wisdom is my compass. His lessons my map. He has given me so much knowledge, I can’t being to pick just one thing.

    Everything he shows me is a precious jewel that I’ll cherish forever.

  165. My father always taught me to appreciate the little things. “Take time to smell the roses”, he would always say. Life was not about setting goals and only worrying about the end result. It was about what was in between that mattered the most. He taught me that wherever I may journey, always enjoy the view. Now his view is from the stars and I think he would be proud of my appreciation for life and curiosity of all things yet to be discovered.

  166. The most valuable thing my Dad has taught me is Family. Family is important. You do everything you can for family. Because of that, I am always surrounded by my family. For everything important or not. Family is always there and I’m able to teach my boys that they always will be.

  167. My father committed suicide when I was 8…. But that didn’t stop me from learning from him. Through years of anger growing up and questioning why he did what he did, I learned forgiveness and empathy from him. I am a much more forgiving person now then when I was younger and I find myself trying to see all sides of things instead of just one person’s side. It sometimes frustrates people around me when I don’t blindly agree but I think it makes me a better human being in the end =)

  168. My Dad taught me to look for the best in every day or situation, no matter how bad. There will always be an amazing example of kindness or love. I became an EMT to be just that for people on the worst days of there lives, needing help at there most vulnerable time. I want to be that smile or comforting hand when they are scared or in pain.

  169. Joel, my family is unique… we all have special qualities… I have instilled in my children to be supportive of each other, always guide each other to greatness..always stand united, never divided… for this reason we now have 2 adopted siblings that make us more complete. With each passing day, we have over come many obsticles from bankruptcy, divorce, heartache, surgury, molestation, fostering to adoption… to a full loving family… this fathers day we celebrated together as one.. we are all fathers and mothers to each other in some kind of way… we support, love and cherish each other… no obstacle is to big to over come!!!

  170. My father taught me the importance of keeping a cool head under pressure and argument. Specifically he told me when I was young, “Any person who makes you lose your temper controls you. Don’t let them.” That has served me very well as an adult! And has turned out to be so true!

  171. My father taught me to never give up on something you believe in because if you keep it in your heart it will always be with you.

  172. My father taught me the value of true hard work. He always told me to never depend on someone else to take care of you and always take care of yourself first. Now I am 29 years old and a registered practical nurse. I am also working towards my registered nursing degree. His constant hard work ethic helped make me the woman I am today and gave me the drive to work hard for the things I want in life. Thanks for the chance to win some amazing pottery. Sincerely, a broke student

  173. My dad is actually my stepdad. After 20 years, I surprise him with adoption paperwork, where he became my official dad at age 32 (just this past March). My biological father chose drugs over me at age 12, and my mom and stepdad raised me from then on. My dad taught me to love beyond everything- regardless of blood, he has loved and respected me more than my biological father did. I have 4 children of my own now (1 of which my husband legally adopted) and couldn’t imagine being the mother I am without my dad and mom as the best role models. Love without judgment, and forgive without holding onto hate. Be kind and remain positive, the rest will fall into place.

  174. What I have learned or gained from the male figures in my 38 years and still learning is this….

    -patients, all my positive male role models were more then patient with me when I needed a little extra time to figure something out for myself.

    -kindness, to show everyone kindness even if at times they do not deserve it as I’m sure there were many time I didn’t deserve theirs they still showed me it.

    -strong, the AMAZING men in my life have showed me how to be strong, stand up for yourself, your beliefs, and to be independent.

    I am truly blessed to have been surrounded by so many great men (step dad, family, siblings, spouse, in laws) after my biological father made the choice to leave my life. They have showed me more then they ever will know and I have gained nothing but positivity from each and everyone of them. I and my son are so very greatful for all the great, amazing, positive, strong, brave, loving, kind and caring men we have in our lives.

  175. As my sister and I get older every year we appreciate our parents more and more. We’ve come to realize what a hard working kind soul my father is. My father has worked countless hours to ensure that my sister, myself and my mom had/ have a good life and the things we need(ed) to grow. I think one of the most important lessons my father has taught me is to work hard and to be kind to others. That may sound kind of cliche but I will further explain in detail. My father is the kind of person who puts others and his family before himself. He never hesitates to help someone in need and does so with a smile on his face. He has a selfless kind of love and even when he is exhausted will make the time to be there for people. Above all he has taught me that family is important. You take care of each other and are there for them when they need you. My father’s determination and hard working spirit has taught me to not give up on my dreams but to keep going. In the path of finding my place in life he has taught me to be a kind compassionate person. Everyone has a bad day every now and then. One person can change that persons bad day into a good one, and it can be as simple as being there to listen, or believing in them. My father inspires me to spread kindness to others and be there for them as he has always been for me. I’m so lucky to be able to call my dad my own, and to have a beautiful example of how to spread kindness to others. Thank you.

  176. My father taught me to work hard, do my best, be reliable, respect others, be honest and to be responsible for my actions. Growing up on a farm with 6 younger brothers was a lot of hard work but that and my fathers lessons which I have passed on to my children have made me the person I am now.

  177. I had a bit of a deadbeat dad so I haven’t seen a good fathers day until my daughter was born!! She has the best daddy around and I would love to give him a pot! Happy fathers day to all you awesome dads out there!

  178. The best advice my dad gave me is money doesn’t buy happiness, fake it till you make it lol and family over everything, money doesn’t buy happiness!! You can make mistakes but make sure you learn a lesson from your mistakes!!

  179. I have never met my father but my grand father (my mothers dad) took on the role of “father” in my life and for that I am forever grateful. He was one of the nicest, kindest, compassionate souls I have ever met. I spent majority of my childhood with him. I was his little sidekick. We were best friends up until his passing in 2004. I was 17 and it turned my world upside down. Growing up I knew he was one of those people that everyone enjoyed being around and visiting with. His kind and gentle demeanour was really one of a kind. He was always telling me stories and teaching me how to be an empathetic person. He was kind to every person he met and would always go out of his way to help anyone in need no matter their situation. I only realized after he was gone just how much I learned from him. Seeing his daily interactions with people when I was growing up has played a vital role in how I interact with people on a daily basis now. I try to practice empathy in all my interactions with people. My grandfather taught me that if you can empathize with someone that is all that really matters.

  180. My father taught me how a man should love his wife through the example he set in his marriage to my mother.
    They never have had it easy and have had to work hard to get where they are today. They got there by being each other’s best friend and teammate.
    I would love to find that one day & mirror a healthy & love filled relationship like theirs. I’m so thankful for my father!

  181. My father taught me that sometimes you just gotta suck it up and do the dirty work. Being the owner of the local garbage business it’s a daily thing. But someone’s got to do it, if not us then who? Having this knowledge I am able to ignore the gross things in life and work through them.

  182. My father is my step dad. My actual father was a drug addict and thief. He would leave us at random people’s houses so he could go get his fix. He went to jail after years of this occurring and I was put into foster care. I was finally given back to my mom after years of being in foster care. My mom met my step dad who soon became the father figure in my life and soon after became my DAD. If it wasn’t for this man I wouldn’t be who I am today. He has taught me love and hard work. He taught me to always believe in myself and never give up on myself or my dreams. He taught me everything I was never given a chance to learn as a child. He taught me morals, respect, and dedication. Despite all the obstacles that have been thrown at us we are pushing through them and sticking together as a family. My dad told me “life is a structure and you are it’s architect. Build your future, don’t let anyone tear it down. Your own building will always be the most magnificent thing. You choose its structure and you will be choosing your prefect future.” I have lived by that since I he told me that. Before we had met, I did not have a promising life ahead of me besides following in my real fathers footsteps. I had no hopes for graduating high school or any thoughts of after high school. Since than I have graduated high school top 1% of my class and graduated college. If it wasn’t for my dad I wouldn’t be who I am. I thank him for the true love he has shown me and for being my DAD.

  183. My dad always said never put all your eggs in one basket. He also said to not count your chickens before they’re hatched. Secretly I think he really just wanted to be a farmer but in reality, he encouraged me to try many different things and to always be open to the possibility of what else is out there. He taught me to work hard, expect the unexpected, and to enjoy life. I have an amazing dad : )

  184. My mother is my mom and father figure in my life. My parents divorced when I was young and my father was never around enough to teach me any valuable lessons.
    Pretty much every valuable lesson I was taught, was taught by my mom. She taught me how to treat others and be respectful to everyone. She taught me how to be there for others when they need help. The most valuable lesson she taught me though, was how to be myself.
    She taught me to be adventurous, to face my fears head on, and when things go wrong to get help and make them right. She taught me to always be true to myself. Without her, I would not be even a sliver of the woman I am today. I’m so grateful to her, and I can’t wait to learn the many lessons she has yet to teach me.

  185. I lost my dad at an early age so I am sharing something I learned from my mom. There was a time when my mom and I were at a summer festival and I was trailing behind her instead of walking next to her and she asked me why I wasn’t next to her. I told her that I was embarrassed by the hat she was wearing. It was just a baseball hat, but the pattern on it was purple zebra stripes! As a 16 year old I was mortified to be seen with her in public with that hat. Especially because I knew that some friends were coming to the same festival. Her response was that if my friends didn’t accept me for who I was, then they were not true friends. That one sentence has stuck with me and has really helped me through some tough times.

  186. I don’t think there is one specific thing that sticks out for what my dad has taught me, but one thing I admire most about him is his patience and kindness toward others. It sounds like a typical answer but it’s true… he would do anything for anyone because that’s who he is. I truly have the best dad in the world… I am so greatful!

  187. My father, a single father of 3 kids. Taught me to think for myself, to be honest with myself, and gave me the freedom to find out what it is in life that I love. He showed me that even with the world stacked against you, you can prevail. He taught me what it is to be loved by a parent, and now I hope that I am teaching my own two children that.
    He taught me to never give up on the things I love. And now at 31 I am opening my own art studio to hopefully show the world what’s in my heart.

  188. My father is a great man he would give you the shirt off his back literally and I know a lot of people say that about both mom’s and dad’s but my dad is the type to tell you how it is… and help you solve the problem.. to always listen before you judge someone.. My dad is the type to stop what he is doing to help anyone out with their problems and wouldn’t ask you for help with his.. weather you had car trouble or a problem with your job or something as simple as killing a spider! He would always give an honest opinion or give you knowledge from his own experience with similar substations. I am so grateful my dad has been there for me every step no matter how bad i messed up. So what i believe my father taught me is that no matter the problem try and fix it and if that doesn’t work try again do not be afraid to fail… because if you fail you will do it again and again and the only way to get better is to practice! Also to be open minded and non-judgmental you never know what someone else is going through in their life.

    As for you Joel and giving away your perfect pots! I watch your videos and the way you talk to everyone you are always willing to give advice and tell people your experience like how you learned more about business after college then in it! You are so selfless with spreading the joy of your pottery by making videos and giving some away for free and all you ask in return is people to share your videos! You are truly a very special individual!! Cheers!

  189. What has my father taught me? A better question is WHICH one. These are the lessons of an adoptee gifted by her both her fathers.
    My adoptive dad (whom I consider my actual father) taught me that to love uncontionally. He always told me that no matter what a persons struggles, trials,or tribulations that we all are deserving of human love. He taught me to keep treading through the dark water that life floats us through sometimes. In those waters if were we learn to swim blindly with our eyes but feel deeply with our minds and hearts thus reaching our dreams and goals. Never give up. He taught me that a father is not defined by blood and that souls coagulate together better than any blood bond.

    Keep treading on:
    All of this wisedom and love prepared me for my biggest journey in life….searching for my biological father aka my second dad. This is what I am currently doing when I am on Facebook; searching names of people matched with my ancestry DNA search. I scroll and type endlessly looking for someone who might look like the person I see in the mirror. Countless hours of dead ends and sometimes heart breaking fails. I’ve never given up however, I push through the dark water days. When I’m scrolling through facebook at 10pm and I see Cherrico pottery pop up in my feed as a live video begins, I always watch. It’s then when I am able to breathe and let some of the anxiety and momentary disappointment dissipate into my very own mind kiln. That hour or so of clay and music feels like a lullaby to my frantic soul.

    Love uncontionally:
    My biological mother? She has allowed me to use my other lesson wisely as I love her regardless of her own demons that cultivate such hurt towards her own self. I love her for who she is and her selfish moment of love when she handed me to my dad (adoptive). That’s the greatest gift I’ve ever received to this day. Every day I love her and will no matter what she feels the need to do. I believe she needs more love than I could ever create and I pray she gets better. I’ll always love her and forgive her for any fault, flaw, or mistake she makes.

    I hope to find my biological father one day and when I do, I hope to learn he is happy and healthy. Until then, I am super blessed to be by my adoptive fathers side and cherish every day taking care of him, watching the same 3 movies constantly lol, and knowing that I am the luckiest person I know. I currently work as a RN and see the struggle of people losing their parents everyday. You cannot replace a father or mother. You’ll always be their beloved child even into geriatric age. Father/child bonds are stronger than any force this planet can conjure.

    I love my fathers! Both. Until forever ceases to be forever.

    Brenda K. Lane

    p.s. My father also taught me how to scuba dive right after I had just watched Jaws for the very first time. Lol thanks dad!

    1. And p.s.s.
      To my biological father- if you ever read see this by some universal alignment miracle, I love you and thank you so much for everything.

  190. My father taught me to simply love myself, always laugh, and why those good ol talking songs were the best. He would say shhh just listen, listen to the story. Now as a mother i catch myself telling my children the same, loving the person i am today, and just a simple smile or laugh can change everything.

  191. Take a chance on yourself. That has to be one of the most important things my father ever instilled in me. With much hesitation from my mother, my father quit his regular and become an entrepreneur. For many years he, along with 2 partners, ran a successful business and moved into developing real estate. He wanted us to learn to leave a legacy for someone else to build on.

    After working for someone else in my field the past 6 years, I took a chance on myself and left my job. Sure, building this business is hard. It is teaching me the lessons that he wanted me to learn. I’m learning to believe in my abilities, how to network, how to market myself and how to find personal success. I’m now hoping that I can build my business and have something that my daughter can learn from and build on.

  192. My dad was 19 when he married my mom back in 1972. He did not finish middle school because he had to get a job to help pay bills at home and then to support his growing family. Today, my dad is 63 and is getting ready to retire. I can’t tell you how many times he has told us, “Don’t be like dad because I’m stupid. I never got to finish school.” Let me tell you something about my dad…. He is one of the smartest men I know. He may not have the skills taught to you in school, but he can look at just about anything and figure out how it works. He can lay flooring, insulate pipes, completely remodel a home, change a flat tire and plug it so you can still ride on it, wire electricity and that’s hardly a quarter of the things he can do. He may not have finished school but he has taught me that when you have a drive to take care of those closest to you, you can do anything. I am so proud of him and proud to call him my dad. He works so hard and never even complains. He works 80 hours a week right now and doesn’t even hesitate to help us when he gets home at night if we need him. I’m so blessed to have him lead our family by example. I really hope to make him proud.

  193. There are many things that my dad has taught me over the years. But I think the most valuable thing I’ve been taught is to live each day to the fullest and to not sweat the small stuff. I used to constantly worry about things beyond my control. Evan little things. But after talking with dad one day, I’ve learned there’s nothing I can do about those things. So why worry about them. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

  194. The most important thing my dad has taught me is when he taught me to ride a bike because now I have fun racing friends and playing around with them.My friends and I even ride around until we get a lot of kids following us and then we all hang out together if I didn’t know how to ride my bike I would most likely not have had all the friends I have today.Thanks dad love ya ❤️

  195. My father was a wild sort of guy. Stereotypical Italian Man, a fiery temper but a passion for life. He was my biggest supporter and the glue that held our family together. I was 11 years old when he died. A freak accident that left my world shattered in pieces. My favorite memory is when I was 7. It was Halloween and I wanted to be a ballerina bunny. So we took our pillowcases around all night. Once they filled up he said it was time to go home but I was having so much fun I didn’t want it to end. So he took off his shirt, tied off the arm and neck holes and took me around again.
    He always told me that in this life there is nothing that is as important as your family. He told me that we treat others the way we want to be treated, with kindness, and try to help them when we can because​ in some way they are our family also. I will always remember that night and I have lived that way my whole life.

  196. To my Pop <3 He may not be my biological father or grandfather, but he raised me like his own daughter. He has loved me, helped me through school, taught me to drive, picked me up through my hard times and he taught me the true meaning of love. His loving soul is who I inspire to be.

  197. I didn’t grow up with a father, only meeting him in my early 20’s long after both my mother and grandparents (whom had raised me) had pasted away. Even now our relationship isn’t one of that family that I always longed for as a child, but I love my father for who he is and I’m glad to have him in my life.

    The person I am today and who shaped me is a complex one. I was an only child and raised by a mother whose spirit was free and beautiful. She was an artist amongst other things and even during the most debilitating times of her illness she continued to express a sense of freedom through this. But I only knew my mother till I was 11 and then she was gone.. Taken by illness and cancer. My grandparents then continued to raise me for a few more years, teaching me values that my generation wouldn’t normally receive before the strain of loosing a child and raising another became too much and I decided to step out into the world on my own at the age of 15.

    I learnt many valuable lessons both the hard way and through determination and perseverance.

    When I finally met my father in my early 20s it was heartbreaking having to explain the passing of my mother to him. But from getting to know my father I have gained an acceptance to be unapologetically myself. I am who I am and I’m ok with it.

    No one person can be credited with who I am today I am a legion of many great labours and loves. They make me complete even though I’m made up of many broken pieces. 💜

  198. I didn’t have the best experience growing up, but it never had a thing to do with my father. Or really my immediate family. Though, my brother suffered from the same unfortunate trauma and fate as I did. We reacted differetly though, I acted out mostly, became rebellious and way beyond independent. Whereas he internalized everything and became very isolated and angry. My father never said anything out loud. Not to us anyway. But I suspect that he knew something had changed us. Try as he might, he couldn’t reach my brother, his shell was too hard, his walls too high. But, every night, he made it a point to sit me on his lap. And asked me about my day, or about what art projects I was develop, books I was reading. Whatever he could to get me talking. And he would take every opportunity from those chats, to boost my self-worth, my confidence, and my ideals of how I should be viewed in this world. He said that people sometimes think they have the right treat you as less then. And sometimes…you start to feel that, or see yourself in that light. But to remember, that no one has the right to treat you with less respect. Hold your head high, and never let the words phase. To this day, when someone calls me something offensive or slings mud or vileness my way…I remember what taught me. Words are words. Actions matter more. Teach people the way you want to be treated by treating them with just as much respect. And hold you head high. Never show them the words matter. Because they don’t. I love my Da, and I miss our talks. Alzheimer’s steals more from us than just our memories. Great blog post! 😘❤💋

  199. My father, Poppa Dukes, raised me as a single dad and has taught me so much. In high school he would wake me up by blasting Pink Floyd “Time” on our surround sound in out little log cabin. There was never a defining moment that made a dramatic difference, actions speak louder then words. He taught me the importance of helping others and trying to make a positive difference. He always worked very hard but struggled financially, yet he always opened our home to people who were going through tough times and trying to get back on their feet. He continues to lead by example and has dedicated his spare time to building a non-profit organization which is to help bring knowledge about technology to people who want to learn, focusing on third world countries. He even takes discarded machines, rebuilds them and sends them out. Watching him over the years has made me who I am and for that I am truly grateful. Recently my soon to be father in-law had a stroke and when released from rehab, was not allowed to live alone yet. Without reservation I packed up my stuff and moved back to NJ to live with him and help out. One of his friends was praising me for doing such a thing and I responded saying that I thought most people would do the same which she quickly replied saying “No, trust me, they wouldn’t”. This made me sad for a moment, but then I became thankful that I was raised in such a way that to me it is the right thing to do. Now I’m learning new lessons from my father in-law!

  200. My father taught me that integrity is the most important personal virtue a man can possess. It means that you make good decisions, use good judgement, and treat people well.
    Integrity is the hallmark of a man’s character.

  201. My father wasn’t part of my life. I admire those that have or had amazing relationships with their fathers because that’s not the way i grew up. My mother was and is my role model and father figure. We immigrated to the US 22 years ago, not knowing English, and being away from all of our family. She found a way to work countless jobs, back breaking work. Jobs that women weren’t supposed to do but she had 2 girls to take care of. What she did is what I hope any parent would do for their families. I didn’t see that from my father but my mom definitely helped me learned that women can do ANYTHING if they work for it.

  202. My Dad taught me to be strong and independent. To have a sense of humor and not to take life seriously at every moment of the day. To have fun and live a little but also still be able to have a good head on my shoulders. He pushed me to do better at everything I did and ultimately made me into the person I am today. Which I can say I am proud of.

  203. My father taught me many things. He taught me how to drive, the value of honesty, the value of family, how important it is to love yourself. He also taught me the importance of taking care of myself, and enjoying the days I have on this earth.

  204. What is the most valuable lesson your father taught you? How did it shape you into the person you are today? My father always tries to engage with me and he’s taught me to not take everything so serious and to enjoy life. I struggle with mental health issues and he’s always there for me, whether I need help going to the shops or just need to leave my house for a while, he’s always there for me. I guess it’s shaped me to try and see the funny side of things and not jump to the worst possible outcome when doing stuff. Love my father so much. I don’t know where I’d be without him.

  205. There were 3 of us growing up, sisters. My dad taught us always family first. He made sure we understood the importance of family and being there for each other. He taught us you don’t fight each other, you fight for each other. My sisters and I have a very close, unique bond still today. I am so thankful my dad always made us realize the importance of each other. It was the strong bond we share that helped us thru the very unexpected, difficult time of losing our dad!

  206. There are two things that my dad has always said that seemed ridiculous growing up, but he was exactly right. 1) Everything in life costs time or money, it just depends on which one you are able to give up at the time – choose wisely and 2) There is a silver lining in everything, you just have to look for it.

  207. My father instilled in my the value of working hard for what you want to achieve in life, and to find what you love to do, it wouldn’t be like work anyway. He was a “gentleman farmer” who worked a day job from 7-3, then came home to our small farm and worked until dark. He lead by example, saying if you wanted something done, you should be the first volunteer to do it. He was well respected at his career, people often telling me things like “I enjoyed working for your Dad. He always asked us to do things, he never TOLD us what to do…he was the first manager to get his hands dirty”

    After retiring from his day job, he kept busy for around the farm. Working everyday. Doing something. Keeping busy. He left this earth doing what he loved most, working on his farm.

    I strive every day to better myself because of him. I strive to give 110% even if I only feel like 80%. I hope my children learn from me, what I’ve learned from him.

  208. My mentor would have to be mom. She taught me to be strong (my dad was an abusive alcoholic) and to not take love for granted. She taught me to stand up (fight back)and make sure to be noticed. She taught me to always be kind to others and to love deeply and with all of your soul. See the good in everyone because they all have a story. Sometimes it’s hard to see but if you truly want to look for it you will find it. Bless others when you can. It doesn’t cost a dime to share a smile or a shoulder.

  209. My father has a very strong work ethic. He has instilled in me that if you want something then work for it. Do not wait for others to provide it for you. But the best thing my father taught me, I am a strong independent woman. I can take care of myself. He traveled all over the world when I was growing up. Leaving my mother, sister, and me to provide for us. In doing that he showed us that we can do whatever we set our minds to. I am fairly handy around the house, I am not afraid to work, and I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. Thank you Dad, for raising us girls the right way!

  210. Your pottery is amazing! You have a beautiful God given talent. Have you ever done holiday designs(star and strips, Christmas, Valentine’s Day theme) cups?Your pottery is a great conversation piece what ever the occasion may be. Love it!

  211. My father loved me and showed me as a young child, but then my mom left him in the middle of the night when I was 8. After that he was still there at times but he got a new family and they were his priority. I learned so much from that, I learned that you can’t make people act the way you want them to. So my mom raised me to love myself no matter what. She took the role of both parents and while we never had much money, I never went without. Many times over the years I’d given my mom a Father’s Day card, I’d give my dad one too. I learned how to be a parent, partly from his lack of parenting. That taught me so much…. thanks dad, for doing the best you could, and for my mom who finished the job!

  212. My daddy always told me “you can’t build a house if you give away all of your sticks” in other words, take care of your self before you take care of others. I’m 27 and I think about that every single day. I have a heart of gold, but I take care of my self and my family first. ❤️ I love my daddy

  213. My dad has ran his own boat repair business sense way before i was born. (24 years ago) So as soon as I could walk I was helping him clean boats, now that I’m older I have learned alot. He has taught me so much about life, and that if you want something you must work for it. His job is not an easy job and its alot of hard work… I love my dad for everything he has done for me and my 2 sisters!

  214. My father passed away 13 years ago on 6/13 so Father’s Day is a bittersweet day for my family. It’s always wonderful to honor him and his memory but it always brings the sting of losing him. He was one of those men that didn’t speak much but when he did you listened because his words were so wonderful! He taught me many things, to be an independent woman, to stand up for myself because if I don’t no one else will, but most of all he taught me to be true to myself! Since his passing so much has changed in our family, but his words will always be a guide for me and they are also something I will pass on to my children that he never had the chance to meet! I love & miss my daddy every day!

  215. If there is work to be done, do it. Nobody wants to scrub a toilet, but if it doesn’t get scrubbed- nobody will want to use it, either!

    Sometimes work is hard, dirty, and nobody wants to do it. But if there is a job that needs to be done, I will always step up and do it. I have had a great role model to learn my hard work ethic from.

  216. my uncle and grandfather actually took on the job of helping my mom raise my brothers and I after my parents divorced. I don’t know how I would have made it thru a lot without them. Sadly they both passed away over the past couple of years but they will never be forgotten.

  217. My daughter and I love your pottery. We watch your videos all the time. Keep up the amazing work.

  218. All the way up until retirement, my dad had a strong work ethic. I can’t remember him ever taking time off when I was a kid, he didn’t have the best job, but he always did what he had to do to take care of us. I try to take the same approach to work, and thus far, have been pretty successful at a young age.

  219. My father taught me that dreams don’t come true without hard work, and to think for myself. He rarely answered questions but instead said “look it up”. He made us do chores , even though we only saw him on weekends, and made sure we knew he loved us by spending time, not money.

  220. My dad always taught me never to take life to seriously. He spent so much time with us as children in the woods teaching us about nature and how to respect our environment. He taught us to be strong and work hard for what we have in life and most recently he taught us to live life to the fullest. 2 years ago we found he had a brain tumor that was the size of a grapefruit and needed a 14 hour surgery to remove. I am happy to say he has recovered but faces many challenges ahead. He had to learn to walk, talk and eat all over again and has shown his family how strong he really is. My dad is my hero, the strongest man i know, I always knew this but the last couple of years proved this.

  221. My father was largely absent for much of my life, and he passed when I was in my early 20’s. Can I tell you what my husband has taught me?

    He’s taught me how to work hard, he’s always willing to take extra hours at work to provide for his family. He’s taught me how to be patient, even after a 70 hour work week he still has the patience to deal with our 4 young daughters with love and understanding. He’s taught me to be proud of my accomplishments, something my own father never showed me. Even the smallest acheivement means something!

  222. My dad tough me that nothing is free and if you want something to work hard for it!!!! Never give up there is always a solution!!!

  223. My father passed away in 2010 but he taught me so much in the 23 years we had together. He taught me how to love and love hard. I miss him daily but the time we had to together is unforgettable.

  224. My dad and my grandpa taught me that I could do anything if I set my mind to it. My parent got divorced when I was 14, so I bounced back and forth. Living with my mom, I didn’t have much so I busted my butt and made something of my life. My dad taught me the skills I needed to fix just about anything, and still helps me when I need it. My grandpa taught me that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and if I wanted something bad enough that I would have it. I joined the Army, started a family, and now I have everything I needed. My grandpa isn’t with us anymore, but I swear that man is always watching over me. I survived a few incidents that I knew I shouldn’t have walked away from during my deployments, and I’m pretty sure it was because he was protecting me. I’m getting ready to re-enlist in a couple months, and I wish he was still here to see it.

    Joel, you are a good person and the pottery you make inspired my kids to want to start doing it. Every weekend we sit at the table and they make little “cups”, and then get impatient when they aren’t dry enough to paint them.

  225. My dad has taught me so many things in life! How to be a good person and be greatful for what I have. Patients to deal with situations which are not ideal. He has also taught me how to fix things and change the oil on vehicles.. he is always willing to help if you are willing to learn. All of the things my dad had done has molded me into a responsible and successful person that I am today. I am lucky to have grown up with such an influential man in my life!

  226. My father raised me just like the boys. He taught me to work in the fields and work on cars. He taught me the world owes you nothing, you need to work for things you want. He was a hard working man who took care of 8 of us as well as my mother.

  227. My father has always been the provider for our family, he sacrificed his own enjoyment which was golf, to support our family. I am 1 of 5 children. I have 3 older sisters and 1 brother. My mom died of cancer at the young age of 52. My dad is my rock, I look up to my dad, he was diagnosed with colon cancer and beat it, it was a long road, my dad just celebrated his 83rd Birthday, although after his treatment my dad has not been the same, he has become dependent on my sister and myself. He was in the navy, retired now, is a father who had accepted all of his children with an open mind, never judged and always told us how proud he was off all of us. It breaks my heart to see a man who was so full of energy and loved to play golf and travel, who loved to work now be a man who can’t drive, can’t venture out and never play golf again.
    My father has always been someone who would do whatever needed to be done to support our family, even if that meant working 3 jobs, and still finding time for his family. My lesson learned from my dad… work hard, follow your dreams, live for today, live unconditionally for tomorrow is never promised.

  228. I suffer from Agoraphobia and Anxiety which makes it hard to go outside and enjoy every day things. When I watch you live, throwing pottery, all my worries and anxiety melt away. Thank you for doing what you do and sharing your talent with us. What a beautiful God given talent you were blessed with.

  229. Hey Joel! I love your pottery creations. Such beautiful art that I could use and admire everyday. I hope I could win one of your master pieces. Your doing an awesome job. God bless.

  230. My father taught me to work, if I wanted something I had to work for it, because he knew I would appreciate it all the more than if it was just given. That combined with his teachings of how to problem solve and build things made me the artist I am today.

  231. My father taught me: treat people as you want to be treated, as well as many many many more important things, but this is one that I use daily. Another good one, don’t sweat the small stuff.

  232. My dad has always been such a great supporter to my family. He has always worked long hour days to make sure my mother, sister and I were taken care of. When I was younger he would take my sister and I to work with him. He had his own construction business. He would teach me so many wonderful things on how to fix many different thing he taught me about all kinds of tools. My m dad has always been the one to take that extra time out of his busy schedule to make sure I learned something knew. I have gotten many of my great qualities from my father. I will forever be greatful that I have such an awesome Father❤️

  233. Grew up without father. And I’m just commenting to be entered in the drawing for the contest. Good luck to everyone! May the odds be in your favor. 🙂
    But the moon mugs with drips that make for great happy accidents are my favorite! “The jewel!” 😍

  234. When I was younger my father taught me that not all families are perfect. Even though when he taught me that it hurt me, I now understand and my eyes are open to the world. It made me who I am today for I am now being able to help others with my experience, and even be able to become a Psychologist due to my past. Even though I love my father, he made me open my eyes the hardship of the world and how love isn’t just shown with words but with how people are with you/actions. The way he loves me is different than the hugs and kisses and the “I Love You” ‘s. His is more hidden but it’s a good different, for everyone thinks that love has to be expressed and exaggerated when it can be simple.

  235. My dad has taught me so many things and at almost 42 he still continues to teach me things. I am very blessed to have him very much apart of my life. One of the biggest things is honesty and trust. You can not have one without the other. As long as you try your very best in all things you will never be a failure. He’s watched me make mistakes, let me make mistakes, helped pick me back up and guide me in the right direction to become, well me. He also rocks as the best Papaw!

  236. First off, you do great work. Watching you make art is so relaxing. Thank you for sharing your talent.
    My Dad is always my dad. He always worked hard and taught me to work hard as well. He taught me the value of doing a great job and earning an honest wage. He taught me to be fair and honest. He taught me to not let someone take advantage of you.
    The greatest gift he gave me was helping others. I grew up watching him and mom helping those that needed help, either moving or cooking when they were sick, or lending a hand when help was needed most. Because of this I became a volunteer. I volunteer at my alma mater. I am a band mom and was volunteer of the year for the entire county two years ago.
    I love my dad and continue to take care of him. Two weeks asbo he had open heart surgery. A 70 year old father of 3 and grandfather of 3. He is and will always be a great person and my hero.
    Thank you again.

  237. My Dad is no longer with us and I miss him and his smile every single day! I have a daughter who is totally handicapped. Jessica can not walk, talk, sit, stand, or do anything for herself. With that in mind, my Dad taught me that we are all special in our own way..even my daughter. My Dad was special….he taught us to work hard to and to respect others. Don’t judge a book by the cover and don’t judge a person by what they look like, or by what they can not do. Thanks Dad…I am a better person because of you!

  238. My dad taught me how to love and care for others. He taught me how to stay positive through out my cancer journey because he that’s how he got though his. The doctor gave him two years to live but through staying positive and God he is still here with us 20 years later. He taught me to help others how and when I can. My dad showed me and sisters what a loving hard working man looked like. My dad has given me my love for animals. My daddy is my hero! I love my Dad dearly!

  239. No matter what happens everything always finds a way to work out, may not be what I want but the way it’s meant to. I love ya dad! thank you for being my dad!

  240. My Daddy taught me no matter who you talk to, interact with, you always treat them with respect and kindness. If that didn’t work and they disrespect you, kill them with kindness. To this day, I have used his knowledge and have succeeded. Being raised in Texas you are taught to respect people, especially your elders. That is very hard to come by in these trying times.
    Mr. Joel, thank you for sharing your art, passion, and talent with us. You truly have a gift. Thank you!

  241. my grandpa inspires me to be better than I was yesterday and plan on being better tomorrow than I am today. Don’t take life for granted. Always have desire to inspire.

  242. My dad has always been a person who stands up for what he believes in. And has taught me to be my own person and not fallow someone if I think it’s not what’s best for me. He has always been there for the people in his life and never asked for anything in return. He has always been a person how has supported me in the choices I have made but also has kept me on the right track and voiced his opinion on some of the things he didn’t see fit for me. I am the person I am today because of his guidance and influence. He’s always told me to do what makes me happy. And if I’m happy he’s happy that I’m happy. No matter what I do I will always be his little girl.

  243. My beloved father taught me many lessons, but the most memorable is to be a good, honest, worker. Growing up, I would only see him on the weekends since he worked the night shift as a printer. He’d be coming home just as I was waking up to get ready for school. I love the smell of the ink from the printing presses on him. 🙂 He was always on time, hardly took vacations, enjoyed his vocation, and loved helping others. I’ve taken on his love for helping others and being a trust-worthy worker in my own field as a music educator and admin. asst. I miss my daddy dearly, but he lives on in my heart!

  244. My father taught me so much i cant honestly say there is one lesson more important than the rest. What I can say is that my father taught me the importance of moments. That it doesn’t matter how much money you have, how “successful” you are if you dont enjoy your days. He taught me that the moments spent laughing,making a fool of yourself to make another laugh are crucial to living. From him I learned about giving moments. Spending time to help someone else is admirable. My father is in the fight of his life right now and even still he makes sure he uses his moments wisely. Remains positive. Because his moments are mor important now than anything else in the world.

  245. My father believed in me as a girl/young woman when my teachers and guidance counselor did not. As a young girl my guidance counselor asked what I wanted to do with my life. I replied that I wanted to be a veterinarian. The guidance counselor replied that I would need to choose another career because it wasn’t a woman’s career. I came home from school sobbing. My father was devasted that I was so upset and had to convince me that I could do anything!! It was a battle due to me being told that I couldnt be a vet so he channeled my interests to science. He bought me a chemistry set, gazed at the moon and the stars and he was able to turn me onto science! He didn’t live long enough to witness me become a high school science teacher. I know he would be proud. And I love my career choice! But without my father’s enouragement, love and support, I don’t know what I would be doing and I truly believe I would not be as successful and enjoy what I do today if it wasnt for this man. Now when I look up into the sky at night, I remember my father’s conversations on those star lit nights

  246. My dad has taught me so many lessons that’s it’s tough to narrow it down to just one. As a child, he taught me about working hard and always doing my best at anything I tried. As a teen, he taught me not to care so much about what people thought of me, just to follow my heart and do what made me happy. As an adult, he taught me selflessness….my Mom was diagnosed with cancer when I was 4 months pregnant with my daughter. Her battle was only 7 months, but during those 7 months my dad did everything in his power to ensure that she was taken care of, at all of her appointments, always comfortable, and as happy as he could make her during the toughest time they had to endure together. Through all of the lessons that I have learned from him, the underlying lesson that was always there was that family is more important than anything else.

  247. I’ve never met anyone who works harder than my dad. When things are stacked against him or he’s facing a particular challenge, he overcomes it by diligently putting in the time and effort to chip away at it until he wins. It’s a simple lesson but has helped me be successful and achieve the things that are important to me. 💕

  248. My father has taught me so much about life. From changing the oil in the car to go after what I want in life, he has never stopped teaching and showing by example the important things in life. I’m beyond grateful for my father and all that he has become and continues to show me how to appreciate things from small to large. His love, knowledge, wisdom, strength, and spiritual insights is priceless.

  249. My dad taught me that just because I’m a girl, it doesn’t mean I can’t do the same things guys can. He taught me how to build things, fix things, and do some of my own home improvements. I also learned a thing or two about cars along the way. He taught me to be self sufficient and that even though it’s nice to have help sometimes, I truly don’t need to depend on anyone to get by and that I can take care of myself. He taught me how to use power tools not to be afraid to get my hands dirty. Dirty hands are a sign of hard work. (I can’t remember a time growing up that my dad ever had totally clean hands. He worked so hard all of the time that eventually, they just stopped coming clean when he’d wash them.) He taught me to never give up on my dreams. He truly is the most hard working, dependable, selfless, giving person I know and I consider myself lucky to have even a FRACTION of his work ethic and generosity.
    I may not have my nails painted all the time. Hell, most of the time I don’t even have long nails to paint. Sometimes, my hands don’t come quite clean either. But I’m proud to have dirty hands like my dad. It’s rewarding… and he is my hero.

  250. My father taught me to read the manual first. Growing up. I often asked my father questions about my car, a new electronic, etc. My dad would always respond to my question with, “Did you read the manual?”

  251. My father is the best human being i have ever known. Not exaggerating btw. He is kind, honest, the most giving person i know, hard working man, well i can just go on. What he tought me was not one thing but everything i wanted in a husband. Especially what I wanted the future father of my future children to be like. He was my perfect example. He didn’t just tell me what kind of man would like i end up marring but he set the example. Now that I am married to a wonderful husband and have my own daughter and 2 sons know and understand more what did by being the best father he can be. 10 years married now and i can honestly say my husband is exactly what i prayed for.

  252. My husband is a wonderful father, husband, chef and many more. I grew up without my father and when I started my family I knew that I had to pick one that would be there through thick and thin. He is someone that loves me and my children no matter what. My son wants to be a chef when he gets older. This would be a great win for such a hard working man!!! Thank you!

  253. My father and I don’t always see eye to eye, but I admire and strive to imitate his work ethic. There is a certain satisfaction in knowing you worked hard and did well. Taking pride in your work – regardless if it’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing, or something you HAD to do to get by – illustrates to others your capabilities and drive. And knowing that you gave your best to any task, it’s indescribable.

  254. My father taught me that kindness can’t be bought, to work hard but give even harder, to never lie my happiness at another mans feet. My father taught me to be strong against the storm, that it is empowering and sometimes necessary to stand alone, and that it doesn’t mean I’m unwanted, it means that I have the courage to stand up for what is right. He taught me to not let the world make me bitter, but to always strive to make it better. He taught me it isn’t what the neighbor has in his yard that matters, its what the neighbors harbors in his heart. He taught me to be a voice for people who have none. He is the reason I chose to be a teacher. He taught me that everything is beauty, and even in darkness, comes light eventually. He taught me that self worth is the most important kind. He used to play the guitar for me for hours when I was little! He must have played brown eyed girl a thousand times, but he never complained. He was gentle, kind, patient, the kind of father people see on movies. He was and will always be my hero! My father is the reason that I am who I am today. I’m blessed beyond words, and forever grateful! Rip Dad 01/01/2016

  255. My dad taught me that God was first and everything else would fall into place. I found it to be solid advice. What ever you believe, love one another and always help someone if you can.

  256. My dad has been the most amazing dad my whole life. Him and my mom got divorced when I was 2 and not only did he get custody of me but he also got custody my moms other 3 older kids who he helped raise for a short period of time. After they left my dad was left to raise me, a young girl on his own. We moved into my grandparents house for a short time before moving multiple times to multiple towns. I wasn’t the best kid but he did everything he could to raise me right. He taught me how to treat people with respect and how to live life to the fullest. He has been the best dad/mom ever. A few years ago he got diagnosed with Luey Body Dementia and is now living in a home. At one point he came down with a severe infection and we almost lost him. I love my dad more than anything in the world and he’s a true fighter. I couldn’t have asked for a better Dad ♥️

  257. My father taught me to never let alcohol take over my life . Ever since I was young all I remember is my father not coming home from work when he was supposed to and when he did he was drunk and would just fall asleep on the couch . My mom always had his dinner waiting for him for when he got home but was never eaten . My father taught me to always pay attention to my children and spend time with them , because he NEVER did, he was always full of broken promises and left us kids waiting for him to take us out but never showed up . My father taught me to be responsible with money , because he never was … he had our car repossessed, we hardly had money for food and never went out as a family. Alcohol was his best friend … Thanks Dad, for showing me what NOT to do .

  258. “MY FATHER”. I learned from my Father at a very early age that, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder” You see, my Father was an over the road truck driver. I was number 5 out of 7 children that my Mother raised. I say this because my Mom did everything and she enjoyed it. My Dad could leave for New York (from Illinois) be home in 4 days, sleep 1 day and then leave again for California. I missed my Dad!!!! I would be so happy to see him and he would always bring us a gift, no matter how small, I adored my Dad!!! A running joke with family and friends was, ” You could always tell when “Vercle” was home because my Mom would be pregnant. My Father passed away when I was 15. I still miss him.

  259. As someone who has anxiety, I never knew how much my dad worked to prepare me for how to handle it when I was out on my own. As a teen when I would feel lost and overwhelmed he would always tell me to have a plan. Write it down and work it out. Here I am almost 40 and no matter the problem, if I have a plan, it’s fixable. It’s something that has helped me through some very bad years. He’s my greatest supporter.

  260. I watch you live almost every night, I 😊 enjoy so much watching you pull handles and unloads your kiln. Watching you make ash glazes, amazes me, I got the books you suggest and I’m going to try my own ashs glazes 😀 I’m so excited. I love pottery and watching you throw is so relaxing!! My biggest wish you be to come join you and throw together 🙂

  261. My father passed away when I was 12 from heart complications that stemmed from failing kidneys. The friend that actually gave my dad a new kidney actually ended up becoming my step father many years later. I have two dads to be thankful for!

  262. My Dad passed 2 years ago on June 14th. just before fathers day. He has instilled in me a few key lessons in life that have stuck with me and passed on to my kids and my kids passing on to there kids. 1. If you don’t respect the OLD you will Never respect the NEW. 2. If you would not do it if I was standing behind you then chances are you should not do it. 3. Love with all your heart and never let life get to you so bad that you hate. 4. Forgive life is to short but always remember.

  263. My dad taught me you can do anything that you truly put your effort and heart into. He died 7 years ago July 6 from cancer related to Agent Orange- he fought to the end so he could have as much time as possible with my mom and us.

  264. Both of my parents were pretty strict when I was growing up. I wasnt allowed to do some of the things my frinds were able to do..you know the usual stuff…stay out late, go to whom evers house and stay the night or just hang out. The group of friends I hung out with were seriously not that bad, but when my dad was younger he was a trouble maker…so I guess since I was more like my dad than my mom they just figured I would get into the same trouble. Anyways, I used to HATE it! …but as I have a child now. I look back and think maybe my daddy wasn’t so bad afterall. My first year of college, I went WILD away from their watchful gaze. I made new friends, stayed out late, partied hard. Had a great time!! Until grades were sent back home…. MOM was FURIOUS! How could I do this?? My DAD though, he calmly sat down with me and just asked me what happened and if he could do anything to help me move on from how I was living to be the best person he knew I could be. For some reason, that really got to me. His gentle talk and encouraging made me want to do better and realize that I wasn’t really this person who didn’t care about their school. That I wanted to do well and one day be a successful adult. So the next semester I buckled down, got a tutor and passed all of my classes! Super proud of myself! So much thanks to my dad for setting me straight and encouragin me to do better. I really would like a mug or something for him. I AM NOT a coffee drinker, but my dad IS and he would be ever so grateful for a coffee mug to use everyday. We also like to gaze at the stars, so your mug would be PERFECT!!!

  265. My most valuable lesson was “if you don’t have the cash to pay for it-don’t buy it”. My parents were divorced and I usually only saw my Dad for a week or so during the summer. Now that I’m an adult I’m seeing that even though our time was limited, he still helped shaped me into the adult I am today. This lesson sticks out, he must have know it would be good advice for me. I want to buy things all the time. I definitely have to tell myself that the item is usually and “want” and not a “need”. This lesson might not sound life changing to most but it has saved me from accumulating any credit card debt. Even if I don’t win the give away I hope to add a piece of your work to my home. A home filled with things I need and not just want☺️
    Thanks for having me take a few moments to write about my Dad and reading one part of my story🙏🏼

  266. I watch you every time you go live. You are such an inspiration for me to better myself, I am getting ready to start college July 10th and it would be amazing to have a price of your pottery to use and display as motivation for my future. So I will keep watching you live and next month I already plan to buy some of your mugs. Thank you again for your inspiration.

  267. My dad was a drug addict most of my life. He’s been sober 10 years this coming Christmas (go dad!) Because of his struggle, I learned from him the things I would never do, the people I would never hang out with. I saw first hand consequences of using drugs and what it can and will do to a family. 10 years ago both of my parents decided to kick the bad habit finally put their family first instead of themselves. And it has shown me that you are as strong as you want to be. No matter what life throws at you there are always ways to rise above. If there is a will there is way. Though he wasn’t always present in my childhood he did the best he could given his circumstances but he is making it up now and is a WONDERFUL grandpa!

  268. I was 10 years old and my dad had taken my younger sister and one of my brothers to the high school football game. When dad parked the car he accidently backed into the car behind us. He looked for damage and, not seeing any, we walked to the school to watch the game. When the game was almost over we left and walked the block back to the car where dad had us climb on in. He stood outside smoking a cigarette, a bad habit he gave up years later, and kept looking around. Soon a man walked up to the car my dad had backed into and started to open his door. My dad walked over to him and told him what he had done and they both looked at the car again. This man held out his hand, and grabbed my dad’s hand, shaking it, pumping it up and down. I heard him tell my dad, “I want to thank you for staying here and telling me what happened. You are a good man. There aren’t many who would have waited.” My dad got back in the car and we went home.

    This made a huge impression on me and, after that evening, I learned to always own up to your mistakes. That shows others you have integrity and strength of character. My dad taught me a lot through the years and I wish he were still here to teach me more. He passed away this past November. 10 days after his 83rd birthday. He didn’t know us anymore, a stroke took that from him. I miss him every day.

  269. My dad hasn’t taught me much but luckily I had two amazing men step in and take the job. My granddaddy showed me how important family is and what unconditional love is truly about. My uncle not only gave me a home but showed me that hard work and dedication do pay off. If you want something, get it.

  270. My husband is the best father I know. My daughter has a passion for pottery and we both follow you. My husband has a “man cave” he now shares with my daughter. A pottery wheel was her only Christmas wish, at 15 it was a big step. She does her pottery in the man cave and we all enjoy watching her toss pottery. She is winning awards at local art shows ! You are a fantastic inspiration !

  271. I was 10 years old and my dad had taken me, my younger sister, and one of my brothers to the high school football game. When dad parked the car he accidently backed into the car behind us. He looked for damage and, not seeing any, we walked to the school to watch the game. When the game was almost over we left and walked the block back to the car where dad had us climb on in. He stood outside smoking a cigarette, a bad habit he gave up years later, and kept looking around. Soon a man walked up to the car my dad had backed into and started to open his door. My dad walked over to him and told him what he had done and they both looked at the car again. This man held out his hand, and grabbed my dad’s hand, shaking it, pumping it up and down. I heard him tell my dad, “I want to thank you for staying here and telling me what happened. You are a good man. There aren’t many who would have waited.” My dad got back in the car and we went home.

    This made a huge impression on me and, after that evening, I learned to always own up to your mistakes. That shows others you have integrity and strength of character. My dad taught me a lot through the years and I wish he were still here to teach me more. He passed away this past November. 10 days after his 83rd birthday. He didn’t know us anymore, a stroke took that from him. I miss him every day.

  272. My father taught me you have to work hard to have what you and dream big and work hard towards anything you wish to accomplish. And how it shaped me is now I achieved alot I have a wonderful family, nice house and had a nice job as well. I worked hard and am so proud of my accomplishments and so is he. My father has been so great.

  273. Sadly, my father wasn’t in my life so I missed the opportunity to learn many valuable lessons from him. However, I was fortunate enough to have a grandfather that taught me many important life lessons. The two most important values that he taught me were to care for others and to work hard. His work ethic is impressive even today when he spends countless houses working outside while in his mid-70’s. It showed me that hard work can sometimes pay off and I believe without him modeling this, I may not have pushed myself to accomplish as much as I have on life. Also, I carry his compassion for others since I saw him willing to help anyone in need. I now am a psychologist, devoting my career to helping others and I believe it is mostly due to my grandfather’s influence.

  274. My Grandfather taught me that life is hard. He also taught me that even though it’s hard, you have to set goals, to set dreams. He taught me the value in reality vs fiction, in the value of love over hate.
    Here are other life lessons I learned from him:
    1. If you aren’t 10 minutes early, you’re late.
    2. Show up every day ready to do your best or don’t show up at all.
    3. Never judge things by appearances…that are rarely true.
    4. If you fall, it’s okay to stay down for a bit, just don’t get comfortable and don’t live there.
    5. Love. He taught me to love everyone even when you don’t want to. To hug and laugh and cry.
    My granddaddy is the most amazing father, grandfather and great grandfather who celebrated his 90th this year. I have many more lessons to keep learning.

    Cheers Joel.

  275. My father taught me that even if you don’t have a father figure in your younger life. You can still connect when you get older if you can FORGIVE, LOVE and CHERISH the few memories you have. He shaped me in making sure that the person you pick to marry is a super important job not to be taken lightly. (Learned this the hard way of course) It also makes me so proud that my husband is a real example of a giving, supportive loving father. My children will never have the painful feelings of wanting a father to be around. They have an amazing Dad. It was so inspiring to read so many great post of what great jobs these fathers have done! These People are so lucky! You can’t choose your daddy! Everyone’s here for a reason regardless of how their dads decided to shape us.

  276. My father taught me responsibility at a young age. As the oldest of five I took on the daily tasks of raising my siblings while in school to help out my parents. This helped my father start his own business which I became part of also. I learned hard work, a lifetime goal and love of family will give you the greatest satisfaction in life.

  277. I can’t begin to even count the lessons my father taught me. He was and still is my hero. Growing up, we didn’t have much. He was injured while in the military and had back surgeries to recover. This left my mother to work and my father to take care of myself and my two older brothers. He was creative with what we had, using his old shirts and puff paints to create family craft times. Using paint and cardboard boxes to make awesome cardboard box costumes. He took us to farms to show us how molasses was made. He would decorate the living room like a theater and make tickets and fake money and we would “go to the movies” in our livingroom with a VHS recorded off a friends cable. I didn’t realize we were poor. I didn’t know he did these things so we wouldn’t have to “go without.” We had such a full and wonderful childhood because our dad was creative and taught us to be happy and how to make our happiness with what we have. It is probably the best lesson he ever taught me. Now as an adult I don’t want a fancy vehicle or the nicest house. I want quality time, I want to be creative with my children and grow their imagination. I want to instill in them the lessons my father has given me. I love my dad. He is wonderful and I love being able to share the lessons he’s taught me and the memories I have of him. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my love for him.

  278. My dad was disabled most of my life – but as a young child I remember taking down his book “The Old Breed” about the 1st Marine Division in WWII and looking at it – he is in two photos in the book and I remember thinking he was larger then life. I grew up to follow in his footsteps, his youngest child, and only daughter became a US Marine.

    The lessons we learn sometimes are not by words or direct actions, but through something much deeply rooted – there is nothing he could have ever taught me, that was more valuable then the simple stories of his time in the Corps, which led me to understand and want to be the best I could ever be.

  279. First off, let me start by saying how much I love your pottery; you do such beautiful work and are so talented.
    My father was partly in my life, but I would rather dedicate this to the man who raised me, my grandfather. He was the most amazing man ever. He taught me how to be a successful independent woman. He taught me that you will not get anywhere without hard work and dedication. He taught me that you appreciate things more when you work for them. He taught me how a woman should be treated by their partner by his example of how he treated my grandmother. He taught me how to be financially stable. The most important thing is my grandfather showed me so much love and was always there for me no matter what. He never gave up on me and and would of done anything for me. He was the greatest man I have ever know and I miss him so much, but I know one day we will be together again. Thanks to him for helping to shape me into the person I have become.

  280. My father taught me you are who u hang with. He also taught me life is to short not yo enjoy every minute. life will never be the same without him.

  281. My father taught me the value of hard work and how important it is to take pride in what you do. My father always worked his hands to the bone to make sure that our family was taken care of. He never fussed, never complained, and he never did anything half way. He always gave it 100%. Watching him really helped to shape my work ethic. No matter what job it is that I’m doing, I’m not happy unless I’m giving it my all. I take pride in my work and I never want anyone to say that I only did it half way. I want to be the best employee I can be and provide the best work possible and I think this comes from my dad.

  282. My father was not very good at being a father. He struggled with addiction all of my life. As crazy at it may be he taught me how to be a hardworker. He somehow kept a full time job. Even though he struggled and never gave up trying to get cleaned. He unfortunately lost his battle. I still see him as the hardest working man I know.

  283. I have always been fascinated with pottery and space. I absolutely love that you share the same fascinations and have managed to combine them beautifully. One day I will be able to buy them.

  284. My father in my life has always been the advocate for a united family. He is a loving man and he demonstrates that love with respect, and service. .He is the man the would respect the differences in people, is quick to forgive, and is not easily angered. He has adviced me to never hold grudges against anyone, especially when there are a million reasons to. He has told me on a occacion: “you are way better than that.” I only hope that I become more like him and that I keep making him proud. I wish that my children keep this to heart the later generations respect, service, family unity, and most importantly Love.
    Anahí López

  285. My adoptive father and mother (whom I consider my real parents and I don’t know the biological ones) taught me to LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY. They love me as they would their biological child and I can say they love me even MORE, which hasn’t always been easy. They’ve taught me patience, persistence and support in love. I must admit I’ve never been a very obedient child, but they have stood by me and have supported me through my difficult times. No matter what mistake I’ve made I could always come to them, be listened and get their help in making the things right. What I’ve learned specifically from my dad? I’ve learned from him to keep my nerves and excitement steady and to think before doing something. I’m a very crazy kind of person, scatter-brained by nature, having 1000000 ideas a minute. 🙂 He has taught me to be serious when it’s needed, to focus on what needs to be done and to think realistic, which is not so easy as I’m a dreamer myself, always following her heart. 😀 Thanks to him and my mum I don’t loose my head while realising my crazy spontaneous ideas and always think of a backup plan.

  286. My dad died right before my 14th birthday… he may not have been around long but he taught me through his life and death to live my life and be thankful for each day. People stress about aging and getting older and my dad taught me to be thankful for each year, each laugh line and wrinkle and every moment I get to continue living. It will be 20 years without him but I have made sure I have lived and appreciated every breath I’ve had for those year’s.

  287. My Dad just passed in May so it was not a very happy Father’s Day. However, I am left with wonderful memories of a Dad who took care of his family and loved us dearly. He taught me that it is the little things in life that are important. He made sure I could change a tire on a car, make repairs around the house, and many other things that may seem small but when added up turned me into the independent woman that I am today. He was a great father, husband & grandfather. He is missed so much.

  288. My father taught me to look for more in a man. He taught me that a man can provide for more than just financial stability for his wife and family. He taught me that forever lasting love does exist.

  289. I have so much respect and admiration for my dad, he came here from Italy with my mom and seven of us kids, he did not know the language well,
    He taught us to work hard respect ourselves and others, and through his wisdom and love we all have respectful jobs today.

  290. Growing up with my dad was rough. He wasn’t the nicest man to be around as a kid and ruled our home with a firm hand. I was supposed to be a boy, so any time I did something to disappoint him, he made sure to remind me of that. I was the socially awkward, shy, different kind of kid and didn’t feel like I fit in anywhere, not even at home. It wasn’t until I became a parent myself that I realized just how great of a father he was. He was far from perfect and made his share of mistakes for sure, but so did I. He supported me in ways no one else did. He understood me. He accepted me. He loved me. And I’m proud to say he’s one of my best friends. This is the best lesson I learned from him, probably the best lesson I will ever learn: We can choose to see a flaw or we can see something beautiful. It is our imperfections which make us perfect. Embrace them.
    It’s okay to be an “oops” piece!

  291. My father taught me to climb trees outside, play in the sunshine at the beach, saved my earned pennies for quality things not quantity things. My father taught me to not give within means but to give from the heart. My daddy encouraged insightfulness and chakra alignment. He is not bigger than me, he is bigger than, part of, the universe.

  292. My Dad taught me to work hard. If you’re going to do a job, any job, do it to the best of your ability.

  293. Sadly I don’t have a relationship with anyone in my family and it’s been over 15 years since my parents or siblings have spoken. I’ve reached out on rare occasions with no response. My kids have grown up without knowing their grandparents. There is a huge back story that I won’t bore you with. When I was 15 I got pregnant and my parents kicked me out of the house. I had no where to go but a teacher of mine took me in. She had a son a few years older than me who made a enormous impression on me. Regardless of what people thought it said, about me, he wasn’t ashamed or embarrassed by me and taught me that having compassion for others was a strength and not a weakness. But mostly he showed me that I was a good person just the way I was. His name was Andrew and he was that story book kid. Got good grades, popular, played football. But he was nice to everyone, especially kids like me who were different, loners, not part of any crowd. I respected and appreciated him so much that I named my first son after him. He will never know just how much of an impact he had on me and the person I am today.

  294. My dad taught me one very big life lesson that I need to remind myself almost daily…”Don’t sweat the small stuff, It’s all small stuff”! He’s the strongest & smartest man I know and am forever grateful for the tough love he showed me growing up. It wasn’t until I had my son that I really realized the love he really has for me. Since that day almost 8 years ago I’ve had the utmost admiration for the man I get to call my father!

  295. My dad is my hero. The most important thing he has thought me, is to be genuinely kind to everyone. He has always been this way, and it has shaped me into the woman I am today. Kindness and compassion go a long way in this world, and we need more of it! Please if you’re reading this, make an extra effort to be kind to those around you!

  296. I’m so glad I found your page, it’s been so relaxing to watch and you answer so many questions that I’m learning so much too. Thanks for sharing the videos.

  297. I grew up taking frequent weekend road trips with my family, with Dad as the navigator/driver/music picker (much to my chagrin). He absolutely HATES highways/freeways and goes out of his way to avoid them. Because of that, I am very familiar with lots of back roads in Texas, where I grew up and where I live.
    It wasn’t until I was older that his comments hit me.
    “The easiest way isn’t always the easiest. It’s definitely not the most scenic, and it’s never as much fun.”
    This applies to so much more than road trips and has gotten me through some very hard days.

  298. My dad once told me

    “Sometimes you’re looking down, don’t look up-it’s raining, but the garden is being watered.”

  299. My answer is unconditional love….My father came into my life when I was 6 years old. He married my mom and became an insta-dad for two little girls. He jumped right in went to every ballet recital, every terrible choir concert, taught me to drive, and has been the biggest supporter in my life to this day. I was a terrible teenager and it didn’t matter to him ever that I wasn’t “blood”. He is now that same person for my son and I am blessed to have him in my life!

  300. My father taught me to never give up on something I believe in. He always told me that anything worth having will be hard to get. He taught me how to put my while heart into whatever I feel passionately about and not to let anyone’s opinion sway me easily. My dad is one of my biggest supporters no matter what I do and I plan to continue to be the same for my son because of the love and encouragement that my dad has shown me.

  301. My father has taught me to love and respect myself. He has always been there for me without question or judgement. I’m so thankful to have him in my life 💕

  302. My dad has always been a very hard worker. He didn’t graduate high school but dropped out in eleventh grade to work and help support his family. He worked in a factory making furniture for over thirty years before the factory closed down. In his fifties he went to college and got an associates degree. He turns sixty this year and still works harder than anyone I know. He has taught me perseverance and determination. Sometimes life doesn’t go out way. Pick up your head and make a decision that will better yourself and those around you. Never give up, and always try to do what is right. Good lessons everyone needs to learn!

  303. Your mugs and bowls are so unique and dreamy. I’ve never seen so beautifuly painted nature inspired dishes. Bravo!

  304. My father showed me that no matter what cards you are dealt in life, it is up to you to create a life you want to live. Just because you come from bad circumstances you don’t have to settle and continue that way of life. He grew up with parents who didn’t show any emotion. His parents were critical and unavailable. His bedroom was the front porch because there wasn’t enough room for him inside the house. Despite that and many other family issues he became a hardworking, loving father that would do anything to help his family. 💗

  305. My father taught me the importance of knowing that just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean that I can’t do all the things boys do. I might have to find a “different” way to achieve them but I can do it. Whether it’s working with my hands or with my head and heart I can do it!

  306. My dad, where do you start, the older I get the more influential I realize he is to me and my children. He is everything to us. Sounding board, fixer, helper, instigator. We love him with all our heat and can’t imagine a world without him, we hope we don’t have too.

  307. My father taught me the value of hard work and the importance of relaxation as well. I guess you could say he taught me balance. He also taught me how to make an awesome quesadilla!

  308. Thank you for all the videos that you have made and shared with us. I really enjoy watching you throw pots and teaching at the same time. For me, it has passed many anxious hours and has a calming effect. Just went thru a 6 month spell of extreme anxiety and luckily I stumbled upon your videos. Between your videos and the live cam awaiting the birth of a certain giraffe, my sanity remains intact. Would love to win a piece of your artworks. No way could I afford one at the present time. Keep up the awesome talent you have and keep sharing your live feeds. Thanks a million! Big hugs!

  309. My mother is my inspiration. On my wedding day we dance to The Wind Beneath My Wings and she truly is. She encourages me to try harder but she boosts me up there. She’ll tell me don’t worry it’s only money. She’s taught me how to get by when we don’t have it and how to appreciate it when we do. We have to appreciate our loved ones and in them we are rich. As a matter of fact we just moved my mother in with my family. She is loving spoiling my 2 girls. Our time together is our coffee in the morning where we fuss over what fun mugs we use. Lol. Hoping to add yours into the mix.

  310. I didn’t grow up with my dad but he was apart of my life. I grew up with my mom in a very religious household, which I never felt apart of. I Felt like I didn’t have choice and had to be apart of all this religious stuff that I didn’t want to be apart of. But when I was with my dad I never had that pressure or uncomfortable feeling! I always felt like I could be myself! My dad taught me that I don’t have to pretend to be someone I’m not! Or do anything I didn’t want to do!

  311. I think my father was born with a hammer in his hand! He could build anything ( including his last house), weld anything, fix any small motor… but could not read properly and could barely write. In later years we finally figured out he was dyslexic! He taught me how to measure and cut wood boards, wire a light switch and change a flat tire before I was 12! But he never understood why I loved to paint the walls, why I wanted to do things in different colors… but he let me do it anyway! Now I am in my 60’s and I am finally getting back to the joy of creating! My husband caught me watching your videos with a smile said… “hmmm Stray Cat Studio in Beaver Falls will be re opening, maybe you can finally get to take the classes I know you have always wanted” We always made certain our children had the chance to explore their creative sides, putting our own desires to the side as parents will do…. I hope my instructor will take the time my father did all those years ago, to be patient and show me how to do it… step by step, shaping the clay and playing with all the colors I want to play with in new and exciting ways!

  312. My father was absent my entire life. So, I ended up learning important lessons from both my father and my mother. My father taught me that I don’t need to depend on others for love and acceptance…that comes from within. He also taught me what kind of man NOT to marry and what kind of father my child needs. My mother taught me that no matter how difficult things become, you rise above and do what needs done to take care of your family. She taught me to be a fighter in life and to never give up! She taught me how to be both mother and father to a child, which became a very important thing to know when my husband was deployed overseas to serve his country for 14 months. My son was 2 at the time and I was a full time student. Because my mother had instilled that strength in me, I knew how to keep pushing forward even during the most difficult days.

  313. The swirl bowls were my idea when watching Joel make his mugs. They turned out great and I would love to have one of them!! I purchase pottery from potters that have that special flair for design and color. I have over 200 peices I have purchased over the last 15 years. I finally was able to purchase a mug that was made the same night the bowls were made. Thank you for the opportunity to have a chance to receive one.

  314. My father instilled in me the value of family history in his fight to preserve it. My father’s grandfather, my great grandfather, was a police officer who lived in a small southern town. Unfortunately, he died in the line of duty when he was a young man and my grandfather became the man of the house. My grandfather grew up on the family farm, helping to look after his mother and sisters. The farmhouse was his home. Even after he moved away for schooling and married my grandmother, he always made the time and effort to go back to the farm. My grandfather often took my father to visit. My father has many great family memories there. When my grandfather passed away my father was a young man, and like his father before him had to cope with the premature loss of a family member. Before my grandfather’s death he had purchased what remained of the family farm, some acreage and the farmhouse. He wanted his family to enjoy it for generations to come. My childhood was filled with wonderful memories made at the farm, in that old farmhouse and orchard. My brother and I would play for hours outside chasing june bugs off the apple trees. I developed a fondness for fossil hunting since the limestone outcrops contained various coral specimens. I eventually went on to study geology. I’m so glad my father was able to share his memories of the farm and gave me the opportunity to make memories of my own. Through them I feel a connection to my grandfather and to the generations before him who saw value in maintaining the land. My father fought hard to preserve the farm, but due to unforeseen circumstances it’s fated to no longer be our family farm. I’ll always love him for putting up a fight, it’s so much more than just a place on a map.

  315. Well my father was not in my life! However, my mother was both mom and dad, because of that she taught me to be independent! She taught me that all you need is your own will power to succeed. But she always taught me to be humble and be ok with asking for help when you need it! Had it not been for my mom having to do both jobs, I wouldn’t be the person I am today! I am forever grateful to her…

  316. I was always interested in pottery growing up but never had the means to get started. After finding you on facebook, it has renewed my interest in pottery. I love watching you on facebook live. It has almost like a calming effect on me. Love it!

  317. One of the most memorable lessons my dad has taught me is something he lives by-it is easier to ask for forgiveness than permission. My dad & I have worked together for the past 17 years for our non-profit organization he founded called Kids at Hope. I have watched him over the years use this strategy and it always seems to go his way. Creativity and confidence are essential in the not for profit world and often times if you wait for permission or “buy in” you may never move forward.

  318. When I was child whenever I broke my toys I put them on my father’s desk. Next morning when I woke up my toys were always next to me in my bed. But they looked a little bit different from what it was…and getting old with time. But he never bought new one. One day I put my broken toy on his desk as usual. When I woke up my broken toy was next me with same condition as yesterday. That was my 6 years old birthday. I cried that day whole day. But I really wanted the toy to be fixed and wanted to play with it. I started get into his room and started take his tool behind his back and fixed my toy… wasn’t fixed as I wanted but I did.

    Today My bike breaks suddenly…and I took my tools from my backpack and start fixing my bike in the middle of my way home.

    I guess he taught me to live like this….

    And I appreciate that..

  319. My Dad is no longer with us, but he left his legacy, he never finished school but that did not stop him. He could build buildings from the foundations up. It was his art. He had so much pride in work. His favorite projects were the things he built for the disabled kids in Killeen, Texas. He was never too busy when a disabled child stopped and asked him what he was making.

  320. Such beautiful pottery and I love watching the videos! Cherrico Pottery is amazing! Every piece is a work of art!!!

  321. My father died when I was 13. I’m 41 know. I looked up to my dad, I was daddy’s little girl! We fished and hunted together, we Sean together and we sang what are now old country classics together. My dad “Freddy” taught me that you work hard for things you want in life. You set goals, small or large, and you do what it takes to reach that goal. It may take time, but don’t give up. You may fall off that horse but just get right back in and try again. You love your family through the good times and the bad. You go to church and worship and love the Lord. Be honest and do right. One day you will look back on your life and make sure when you look back you have done something that stands out that you are proud of! Rest in peace Freddy Bowling
    His life ment something that he would have been proud of too. He is a hall of famer for the Texas State Bass Tournament Association. His plaque hangs at the Athens Fishery in Athens Texas.

  322. I am lucky to have more than one father figure. That being said, having been raised to be self efficient is the best gift I was given by them. Living on the grid our off, I know I can survive and well at that. They provided the tools and knowledge for me to grow my own food and meet all my survival needs. The courage to rise up and succeed in whatever I put my mind to. That is the best gift I could have asked for and I enjoy teaching the younger generations.

  323. My father passed when I was 11. In my short time with him, I learned the value of hard work, treating others with kindness, not looking down on anyone, and unconditional love. He was a gracious and loving man who embodied what family was all about.

  324. I have several father’s… My biological father, I didn’t learn about until I was in my teens … He taught me life is too short to hold grudges… He passed away a couple months after I met him finally in my late 20s. The there is my Dad. He adopted me raised me from a baby …. him and my mother divorced 5 years later yet he never treated me different… Still picked us both up(My sister) for weekends and always provided for us growing up. My Dad has taught me unconditional love and honor to ones word. Last but not least I have Randy. My step father. He has been in my life over 20 years now… always there when I needed a helping hand an ear to listen… He is the best man for my mom I am so happy they found each other. They don’t get much better than Randy … And from Randy I have learned how to genuinely be an all around good decent human being… thank you. Erica

  325. My dad taught me a few lessons. Growing up on Long Island NY , we had lots of snow in the winter. So when I was of age to practice driving. He would teach me how and what to do if the car started sliding or skidding. When this happens, never give the car more gas. U will just slide more. And always turn the wheel in the direction u want to go. We would practice for hours when it snowed in an empty parking lot. It was fun as well as a great lesson to learn.
    Dad ( and mom ) also taught us respect. To respect ur elders and not talk back to them. To open the door for others. To say please and thank u. Work ethics. Nothing comes for free. U have to work for it. To be compassionate, patient, kind, to everyone. I love them both.

  326. My Dad taught me to never settle. If I wanted or needed something or someone and what was before me wasn’t my heart’s desire I needed to keep looking. No substitutes, no settling.

  327. My Dad shared with me the proverb “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.” And he also lived that way himself.

  328. I lost my dad 10 years ago. The old saying is- you never know what you’ve got until it’s gone! How very true. I don’t go a day without thinking about him and what he would make of everything. I went to college then university to study textiles. I worked for a while then decided to retrain as a nurse. I love my job but still crave my arts. I’m currently making fairy houses for the garden and intermittently paint. Your work is beautiful. The colours from the glaze particularly the blues are amazing. Your very talented. Good luck for the future and continued success x

  329. My father taught me, in recent years, that sometimes being an absent parent is sometimes the best for the child.

    I grew up wondering where he was and what made him leave before I was born. By my teenage years, I went through my angry period. What type of person leaves their kids and disappears. I was angry because I wanted answers.

    It wasn’t till I had my son at age 21 when my anger turned into sympathy. He had missed the moments that I was experiencing. The moments that will never be surpassed. When I held him in my arms for the first time I knew in my heart that I would give him what I never had.

    Later that year my brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. My mother opened up to me and told me that my father was diagnosed with the same condition shortly before I was born. He became very violent and neglectful before his diagnosis.

    A few years later I adopted my niece and nephew who were taken into state custody. I have been their father for the last 10 years. I was able to give them the father that I always wanted as well.

    Sometimes blessings are disguised as heartache. Sometimes the one thing that leaves you broken is what drives you to be great.

  330. I just ordered one of your random mugs. Thanks for offering something I can get on my budget!! I am sooooo excited! Thank you thank you thank you Joel!!!!!!!

  331. My father has always been in and out of my life. Sadly, he has been a drug addicts and alcoholic most of my life. However, the moments I have spent with him, he is a wonderful man with a good heart. He has always be upfront and honest about his addiction with me. He taught me what I didn’t want in life and to not give into temptation of alcohol and drugs. It made me a stronger person.

  332. A common discussion between my younger brother and sister as we have gotten older is which traits from which parent we get. The general consensus is that I am exactly 50% my mom and 50% my dad – both in looks and in personality. From my dad, I get my introversion, a quiet temper (meaning we might be mad, but we keep it inside), deep smile lines, and thick but somewhat oily hair, haha! But I also got his strong work ethic, his desire to do something well if he’s going to do it, and that he will figure out the answer to something if he doesn’t already know it (he and I are the first to google an answer to a question we don’t know because we just want to know!). He and I like to plan ahead so that there aren’t any surprises, but if there are surprises, we’ll be prepared for that too. We are analytical and we think linearly when we are figuring out problems and we will try multiple options multiple ways before we ask for help because we desperately want to figure it out for ourselves. We like to be early to appointments so we can settle in and not feel rushed (my siblings have no tendency towards this trait at all!). All of this to say that while I got several of his “not so good” traits, I got quite a few of his best and I love him for that!

  333. My dad has taught me quite a bit. One of the things is love everybody, EVERYBODY. And he says it like that too hehe. When you meet someone who makes you mad or you don’t like, decide to love them. The world goes round with love not hate. Love you papi

  334. The man I want to talk about is actually my step-father. He has taught me so many valuable life lessons, but I think the most important one(And my favorite) is that no matter what you do in life, no matter how far you go in the eyes of others, your success is not measured by what they see. Your success is only measured by how you feel. What I take from that is to not let someone else’s opinion of my life shape how I build my future. That is something I have carried with me since I was a child and has impacted my life and the decisions I make substantially. He is an amazing man and I love him to the moon and back 🙂

  335. Joel your work is absolutely mesmerizing! I try to catch your live videos as often as possible. I lead a very hectic and stressful life and when I watch your throw your clay, all of the stress from the day melts away even if just for a brief moment in time! My granddaughter is ADHD and I have custody of her. She loves watching your live videos also! Keep inspiring people, you rock!!

  336. Patience. Nearly every little thing my dad and I would do, it was always patience he taught me. The first time was while he showed me how to flip a fried egg in a pan when I was 4. I was an impatient child, so waiting for this egg to be ready to flip was torture. All the other times were fishing, learning to play chess, driving lessons, fixing a car, building a house together… everything usually leads back to having patience.

    It taught be to be patient and see things for how they are before rushing into anything. It’s helped me a lot.

  337. My father wasn’t always in the picture but my mother was. She taught me to work hard. She supported five children on one income. She taught me that if she could do it alone, then I could do anything if I just work hard.

  338. My Dad taught me to live. Just that, live. Wake up each day and don’t mourn your life. Wake up day and celebrate it. Go out and tackle it. Fine events, experiences and adventures. Find anything. Just live.

  339. When I was a single Mom of two I worked a full time and decided to go back to school and get my bachelor’s degree. Working fulltime, school fulltime and two children was very hard. Sometimes i would call my dad crying, telling him i couldn’t do it and he would always tell me “the four years are going to pass whether you finish school or not, you can either take advantage of that time and do the things you think are too hard or you can let that time go by and do nothing and not be any farther ahead”. His words were a motivating factor in my life and still are. I completed my degree–I now have two business. I am also starting a clothing line that will be in production soon and I am going back to school in August and plan to open another business after I finish in 18 months. If it wasn’t for my dad and his words of wisdom I don’t think I would have the determination and drive I have today.

  340. My greatest lesson was, no matter where you are in life, you will come across problems. Learn from them, learn from your mistakes. Don’t rush to become so successful that you forget to stop and smell the roses. Life is a journey but it can also be a struggle, but in order to stay humble when you become successful, you need to enjoy those struggles. Learn from them that way you can take all those tools with you when you become successful because even when you are at that point of success, you will still have struggles. They might not be as bad or as difficult as before, but at least you will have the tools to fix that issue before it becomes a major struggle. So enjoy the struggle, learn from it, always find the positives and never give up. Keep moving forward and work hard for what you want in life. But in order to appreciate your success, you need to appreciate how you got there.

  341. My father was in and out of my life until about the 5th grade and then he left completely, a couple days after my grandfather died. I was so angry growing up. I had all this rage and I didn’t know what to do with it. My grandfather helped raise me during those years my dad was in and out while my mom worked two jobs . He encouraged me to get outside and play ( even though our neighborhood was full of only boys). I started off climbing trees with the boys in the neighborhood . I was smaller and lighter which meant I could go a lot higher than they could. The boys of the neighborhood and I became great friends . I started playing football with them in the 4th grade and I noticed I was a lot less angry . I could run and catch that ball with all my might and all those angry emotions would just melt away. If it went for my grandfather pushing me out of my comfort zone and giving me the encouragement that it didnt matter if i was a girl, i could be like one of the guys and hang out with them , i would still have all this anger and no outlet to release it. The boys of the neighborhood and I are still great friends and still talk almost every day , all thanks to a grandfather who was more than that to me !

  342. Your pottery is absolutely stunning. I love pottery and astronomy. I stumbled onto you Facebook page and was immediately a fan. I admire how you have no secrets. You show each step of your process, answer questions and have a true passion for what you do. Don’t ever loose that. Keep spinning 😉

  343. My father taught me that your name and your word are the two things you have left when there is no one else around. To always be honest and true no matter what you are doing in your life. To work hard and do your best because at the end of the day you only have yourself to answer to. My dad was tough, strict, fun and always loving and I miss him like crazy! He passed away from cancer almost three years ago. ❤️

  344. My father shared with me the love of art in all its forms. He taught me to see beauty in everything around me, from the way the flowers dance in the field, to the stars in the night sky. From music, to movies, to the prose of great writers. Art is all around us, and he taught me to love and appreciate it all.

  345. My father passed away when I was 10. He never got the chance to pass along any life lessons to me but I like to believe what made him a great man is instilled in me. I named my only son after him so that my son too could carry a piece of his grandfather even though he will not get to meet him. Love has a way of bridging the gaps in between the years of lost. When you love someone…they are never really gone if you carry them in your heart.

  346. My father’s best lesson to me was through my son. Being a single mother he was a father figure to my son. One month before he passed away he bought my then 13 year old son a truck to use when he turned 16. When I asked why so early he said he wanted to teach him to drive in his own truck. The first driving lesson was in a hunting area. My son asked “which way do I go Papa?” My father responded “look for the path that looks the best to you.” He died of an unexpected heart attack about a week later. It seemed to me the advice about the path to take is good life advice as well. It’s been 6 years and we all miss him every day.

  347. My Dad always said that, “I could do anything I TRULY put my mind and effort into.” Seems pretty simple when you think about it, but being 100% committed all the time when life decides to throw at you all the curveball that it does, poses a daily challenge to see how much you truly LOVE what you are doing. It tests how far you are willing to go to achieve your goals no matter what obstacles are put in your way and sometimes shows you new ways that challenge yourself to grow and exceed even your own expectations. To me that was one of the best things my dad could’ve ever taught me because he showed me that nobody, sometimes not even you know what you are really capable of until pushed to try.

  348. My father taught me people can change. I wont go into the details but to say my childhood was sort of a nightmare custody battle that went from bad to worse. I struggled in my teen years to connect with either of my parents and ultimately at the age of 18 with my newborn first child to move far from both my parents. I allowed years to go by without speaking to my father. My oldest son is now 12 and until this year my dad had seen him one time and never his younger brother. Circumstances came about allowing us to connect again. He made a trip to come visit me and my boys this year for one week after 10 years of no contact. He was not the same person i remembered from my childhood. He really made an effort to get to know me as an adult and my children. He taught me forgiveness and truly showed regret for his fails as a parent. He and my mother are the reason i try so hard to make my childrens lives nothing like mine was. Im a heavy equipment operator for a grading company and proud to say one of the only female operators. While i cant say our relationship will ever fully be repaired and i am glad to say we have started the first steps. My childhood taught me to be a strong independent person make my own choices and dont count on anyone for something you can accomplish with determination even against incredible odds. For a long time i wouldnt acknowledge my birth father i had six stepdads to fill his shoes and help me learn and grow. So id also like to say to my stepdad who has never had to be there im glad god sent me you. Even when you and my mother struggled you were there for me. You taught me love and kindness and that people dont have to be blood to love you or want what’s best for you. You taught me its ok to open up to other people and trust them to not hurt me or break me down. You taught me that life can be hard and i am allowed to make mistakes. To do whats best for me and my children and allow myself to be happy. Im now blessed to say i have two fathers. You may not choose me to win this contest and im quite ok with that i hope someone reads this and finds it helpful to not give up on their own father. Sometimes miracles happen and people change but even if they dont God will send you an angel in disguise just when you need him most. Much love to both my fathers John Wyer and Kenneth Reaves.

  349. The Most valuable thing my father has taught me is that there will always be people and circumstances that go against you that make you want to stop pursuing your dreams, but in those moments I must always remember that he is on my side, that he believes in me and if he believes in me then I must believe in myself, and with that kind of belief anything is possible. Through the years my dad has had to remind me of this, it is so easy to overlook. My dad would send me song lyrics to remind me how important I am to him and because of him I am the person typing this comment today. I am an independent, stubborn, woman who will not stop until I get what I want, all the while remembering that even though my dad is far away he is right there cheering me on.

  350. My mother was a wonderful lady, she was always telling us 3 kids to set short term realistic goals, but never use or abuse anyone to get there. She said, “always help someone as much as you means allow you to, but not to sink your own ship.” Someone once told me, Always make sure your heart, head and gut agree, because if not someting is wrong somewhere. I told and still tell my children keep your views set as a child does, they don’t put blocks or walls up, they see point A and B all the way to Z in almost a straight line, in other words keep it simple silly.

  351. My father taught me to always be true to myself . To let doubts spring me forward in different directions and not to hold me back.
    Your story is beautiful. Your art is amazing. 🖤

  352. My father and grandfather always said be true to yourself . Be you as nobody else can be you. Respect others , be unique ,be truthful, be loving ,be careing ,giving ,honest ,trusting, creative. Live every day to the fullest as if it was your last day on earth . Enjoy what you have now . Only you can make a difference in what and how you do things . Life is too short to so live it , learn from it ,enjoy it ,and love it . Pay yourself first and the rest will take care of itself.
    Just breath.

  353. My father passed away in 2010. His passing left a huge gap in the universe for me. One of the wonderful things he shared with me was his love of science real and fiction. This was in a day when girls were supposed to not be into science. We watched the moon landing on tv and he shared his joy with the achievement. We watched every episode together of Star Trek the original series and beyond. He missed the newer Star Trek Beyond movies and would have loved them. He loved the diversity and “modern” technology of the shows. He taught me the love of the sky and universe and to never stop looking beyond the immediate space around me. I miss sharing space and cosmic things with him.

  354. My Father came to this country as an immigrant from Peru. He has always told me “In America, you can be anything you want to be, with hard work and continued effort, anything is possible”. My Father came to this country and worked his way up. He is an Inspector Engineer, as Well as Governing in such groups as The Lions Club International. I have great respect for his accomplishments and they give me inspiration for my own success in this country. God Bless America.

  355. Unconditional Love! No matter where life had taken us or how long time had passed, he always greated me with a smile and a hug. Through family turmoil and divorce. He always showed love, understanding, and forgiveness.

  356. What my father taught me is you can’t get far on handouts. That hard work pays off and if you put your mind to it, you can do it.
    As an adult I’ve constantly reminded myself this. I’ve accomplished so much because I’ve pushed through telling myself if I get in the mindset that I can do this, I will. I’ve reminded myself that taking a handout is the easy way out and that if I work hard, I can achieve anything myself. It’s so rewarding knowing that I worked hard for what I have and not one person can come back and say “you only have this because of me”.
    It’s really worked for me and now I use this with my boys.
    Great advice.

  357. My father in law has had an instrumental role in my life as my own biological father was absent. He has taught me numerous lessons that have shaped the person I have become. One lesson that he taught that I follow daily comes from the wise words of Albert Einstein – “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” My father in law taught me the importance of drive – motivation – follow through – perseverance. To never give up. At 37 I’m going back to school and he’s my biggest cheerleader. And now, I teach the same lessons to my son.

  358. I learned from my father to work for what i want. That there is a time to work and a tiime to play. He taught me to work hard and diligently when i am working and be respectful for whomever I may be working for. My daddy taught me there may be days I won’t feel like working, but to push through it and get the task completed and feel bad on my time. I watched him struggle with severe asthma for 25+ years, yet he never missed a day of employment. He taught me a love of fishing as a ‘play’ time. My daddy died at 67 years old in 1999. The last thing he did, he did for me; bringing my car to me from an auto repair shop. All while he was having a terrible asthma attack day. Daddy taught me when you tell someone you are going to do something, you do it. You do not ‘crawfish’ out of it. Yeah, that was my daddy.

  359. My father taught me, that hard work is never unrecognized. The recognition could be good or bad, but it was still recognized by someone that took the time to acknowledge it. And that every experience with someone is something to learn from and always worth your time. This is how my father shaped me into the person I am today; patient, understanding, caring and always having a positive attitude.

  360. My father.
    He married a women who already had 3 kids. He loved her so much he adopted those kids.they had 2 more kids. Then she died a horrible death. He could have given those three kids to family to raise. He taught t me then that love is thicker than blood. See I was one of those 3 kids he adopted. He raised 5 kids all along with nothing but love and kindness. This is a father a dad .

  361. Thank you for the wonderful blog post and opportunity of a giveaway! My father passed away when I was in 7th grade and I miss him every day. Ever since then though my older brother has stepped up and acted like the dad I needed in my life. He was there every step of the way and taught me that being a father figure has nothing to do with being an actual father. He now has a daughter of his own that he is a perfect dad to and I teach 7th graders who may be in a position like I was all of those years ago. I desperately needed someone in my life then and I hope to be there for any child who may also be in that position.

  362. My dad was amazing. He worked his butt off to provide for his family.He taught me the value of savings and the meaning of life. To be kind hearted and to follow my dreams. He encouraged me to do what I love to do.We lost my father 15 years ago to medical procedures in the hospital. I was there for his last breath. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my DAD and I wish I could hug him and tell him what a great father he was just one more time ~ I miss him

  363. I did not know my father. He passed away in a car wreak when i was 8 months old. So i never got to know him. My mother has always been a mother and a father to me and my sisters. She worked hard her whole life since she was a little girl. In the fields under the hot sun, and a school janitor for many many years.
    I admire her so much for the will to keep pushing every single day.
    Last year she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she has over come that too.
    Still pushing through whatever obstacles, always praying and asking God to give her Strengh. Even though she worked so hard she was never able to buy a home. We moved around alot always renting.
    Now we are taking care of her the way she cared for us. All my sisters and i are now married and have families of our own. She lives with me and i always make sure she has what she needs. I would love to give this giveaway prize to her. I know she would love it.
    Thank you.

  364. My dad has taught me many valuable lessons. One that has stuck out the most is the ability to work on my own cars and know I have the support and know-how I need to do so. From a young age my dad has taught me everything I needed to know. From how to change the oil to changing the breaks and even rebuilding a motor (I’m not the best yet but he encourages me everyday) my dad is my hero.

  365. Very simply my father would always say, “do not worry what the world around you thinks or believes..all you have to do is be true to yourself and create your own path through this life, you’re the only one who can.” I’ve overcome many obstacles throughout my life so far and have always lived without regrets! Today, at this point in my life, I’m proud of who I am and try hard to not let anyone drag me down! I’m still a “daddy’s girl too”!

  366. My pops taught me to: always work hard, appreciate the little things, find joy in the mundane, actively listen, there is strength in silence, try to smile..even if you dont feel like it….AND: when your mom is sick and your dad cooks…eat the damn burnt burgers and sticky mac and cheese 🙂 miss my dad ♡

  367. Due to circumstances out of my control i havent spoken to my dad in 21 years. I struggled with identity for a long time. I didnt know that that struggle itself would actually teach me who i am. Everything i have gone through and experiences ive had and places ive been have shaped my life, and i can say i no longer define my situation by what i dont have (my father). When you surround yourself with positive people that support you in all your endeavors you can fill the void of any emptiness with happiness and love. 🖤

  368. My dad didn’t always do the father things because I was the second child, but for all the times he did spend with me taught me a lot. Can’t really pick just one thing, but I’m glad he taught me what he did because it made me who I am. I’m someone who doesn’t look for help unless I know I absolutely need it. I know my way around tools and might even get hired on at a factory for a life changing career. Because my dad didn’t raise just some girl. I am a tomboy and glad to be, because now my kids can reap the benefits of me getting a better job that I am actually suited for

  369. My father and grandmother instilled many positive thoughts into me growing up, they were both entrepenuers. The way I was brought up was very different, very business oriented and it lead to my success today. I currently own my business, because they always told me that working a desk job is just to gain work experience, but to make the most wealth you need to start a business. Coming from a family of entrepenuers, I saw things differently, I problem solved differently and I found solutions differently. They always said “Don’t be jealous of what others have, stop and ask yourself what you need to do to get it.” When you let jealousy in, you doubt your own abilities and give up more easily. I don’t look at competitors as competition, rather as an ally to better the industry. My dad always said “If the issue can be solved by money then it is not an issue. And if you didnt have the money to solve it, ask yourself what you need to do to get there.” My grandmother left behind a legacy of entrepenuers and I hope one day I can pass these knowledge down to my own children.

  370. My father is a alcoholic. He didn’t teach me a lot of things to do but he did teach me what not to do. He taught me that you will get no where in life being an alcoholic. The only positive thing I did learn from him was to have a good work ethic. He only drank at home and still went to work everyday, on time, and worked hard. I really think it was just to feed his addiction but it molded me into the great employee I am today. I love to watch you make beautiful pieces of art!! Thanks for sharing with the world! ❤️

  371. My father who has had many obstacles thrown at him has always found a way to keep moving forward. From his rough childhood to being drafted in the military at the age of 20 only to be injured by loosing majority of his leg due to a landmine. He strives to not let anything stop him from doing anything! He shows true strength in everything he does and he has taught me many lessons but the most valuable one of them all is that you are only as good as your word. This relates to everything you do, first impressions, working relationships, and much more! It can take years to build up a reputation but only takes seconds to destroy it!

  372. I told myself if I finish hiking the Pacific Crest Trail .. if I don’t give up my reward will be to order a moon mug !!!! I love your work !

  373. My dad taught me the value of hard work & honesty. My dad is one of a kind & the world would be blessed if there were more men of his caliber. He always provided what we needed growing up & gave us a stable safe childhood I will always cherish

  374. I have never met my father. But I had the best grandfather in the world. He was the most generous man anyone had ever met. Stern at times but a stellar man! He taught me so much but the thing he taught me that I value the most is confidence. Believing in yourself and not taking your abilities for granted is really difficult at times. But my grandfather raised me to be confident but not arrogant and that everyone was equal. That has carried through my entire life and I can’t thank him enough.

  375. My father was amazing, he taught me me too many lessons to post, main thing he taught me was to be kind and help others

  376. Love your work! Its ispirational, beautiful, and so talented. Looking forward to eventually getting me and my husband one. We run off of coffee with our little ones and how can these mugs NOT make the coffee taste better and the morning seem a little brighter.

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