What I Learned From My Father

He was the love of my life – My Dapper Dad

I was ten years old and and felt blessed. Life was simple, fun and I felt loved. I was living a “Sleeping Beauty” kind of a life, believing the prince, my dad would always be there to love and protect me.

What I learned from my Father

My dad was a dapper dad. A man that always looked the part, from hairline to wingtips, no matter what the scenario.

It was an early Spring morning when my day began. An absolute awesome, bright, sunny, day with not a cloud in the sky. I headed out to school with my lunch box over my shoulder, jacks & marbles in my pocket, and my best buddies by my side. How could anything go wrong?

Suddenly without warning, clouds turned to rain, rain turned to sunshine & sunshine turned to “somewhere over the rainbow.” My mother appeared panicking frantically to come to her side. Hugging turned to tears, tears turned to disbelief. My dad! My dad! was gone……dying suddenly of a brain aneurysm. My life was catapulting out of control. How would I survive?

Suddenly I remembered dad saying……..Watch for the double rainbow! Somewhere over that rainbow he would be watching me. I felt he was okay, and I would be safe.

The passage of time has a way of taking the edge off all those memories…He taught me how to play jacks, marbles, how to ride a bicycle, and most importantly taught me to dance, laugh and have fun! The best part of most evenings was, placing my feet on his shoes while we danced together around the room, while Frank Sinatra’s tune….”Dancing in the Dark” played loudly in the background.

My dad taught me several life lessons,which I try to practice in my business and personal life. After all, he was a student of the college of Dale Carnegie…”How to win friends and influence people.”

1/ Begin each day with a smile on your face. People gravitate to others that grin & giggle.

2/ Remember that you will never succeed in life unless you have passion and fun in what you are doing.

3/ Listen longer to others.

4/ Become more interested in other people rather than yourself.

5/ Never give up! Keep on trying where there seems to be no hope at all.

6/ Always remember in business. A customer is the most important visitor on our premises, he or she is not dependent on us. We are dependent on him. He or she is not an interruption in our work. He is the purpose of it. He is not an outside in our business. He is part of it. We are not doing him a favour by serving him. He is doing us a favour by giving us the opportunity to do so.

7/ In this digital age communication has evolved – technology and social media are here to stay. However, the basics still apply… communicate, diplomacy and tact. Build and capitalize on a solid network – face to face as well as online.

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person…..he believed in me. I was truly blessed to have him in my life, even if it was for 10 short years.


Carell-Ayne Whalen is a professional home stylist & stager in Victoria, BC who helps her clients refresh their living space to create a home where they enjoy spending time, and feel proud of, without breaking the bank. You can learn more about her here: http://simplystagedtosell.ca/about-carell-ayne/



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