Sunday, June 16, 2019

Father's Day

Some of William Conrad Wade's favorite expressions and bits of advice:

"You're a day late and a dollar short."

"I don't want to hear any alibis."

"Do what?"

"Tell 'em to go to hell."

"You send them to school and they come back dumber than when they left."

As I get older, I find myself borrowing many of these.

Happy Father's Day!


Kurt Harden said...

"Tell 'em to go to hell." is great fatherly advice. My dad would offer similarly liberating guidance: "F*!k 'em if they can't take a joke." I let me know that there were people out there who didn't get it and I shouldn't waste time trying to figure them out.

Michael Wade said...


That is a very important lesson. Often with those people, understanding is a one-way street.


Steve said...

My father used some colorful expressions. In my mind I can still hear him saying them. "Not for all the tea in China" was one he used. If he was doubtful about a proposition he might say, "Given the choice between that an a kick in the shin, I'd have to ask your boot size." "Never order a dish called 'surprise' or 'delight'" was another saying of his, and it often came out as an expression of disapproval of a course of action, as in "I never order a dish called 'surprise' or 'delight', and I never ____ ."

Michael Wade said...


Those are great!

We seriously considered putting "Tell them to go to hell" on my father's tombstone.

Such wisdom stays with you.