Father’s Day is Sunday. Here’s my tribute to my Dad reprinted from the Start Your Week with a Quilt newsletter.
Some people think you have to have graduate degrees and a lot of letters behind your name to be wise. I know better. I was lucky enough to grow up with the world’s best father who was my personal cheerleader. His name was Otis and now you know where I get my name Overtis.
I can’t remember a single school event in which I participated that he was not sitting on the front row beaming with pride. In over 40 years, I don’t think he ever missed a day of work (or church), and being late was unthinkable. With limited formal schooling, he was an elected Justice of the Peace in our county and became the state wide leader of the masons in Arkansas. He brought his check home every week and placed it on the dresser knowing my Mama was the better money manager. He was a person of such character that he could get people out of jail with only his word. He was able to make a daughter in the segregated south believe she was the smartest person in the room. He was a giant in my eyes.
My dictionary defines wisdom as having “an understanding of what is true, right or lasting.” They could have put my Dad’s name by that definition. I was blessed to live every day of my life with such a guiding force — a man who taught by example.
If you were not so lucky, all is not lost. Wisdom can be learned. Find a role model and emulate that person. Read books that inspire you to be your better self. Wake up everyday and say, “In everything I do today, I will try to do the right thing.” That small affirmation will put you on the track to wisdom.
The quilt inspired by my father is called Crossett Courthouse Steps. Everything I have achieved, he made me believe possible.