Father Knows Best

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blogtember Day 3. Pass on some useful advice or information you learned and always remembered.

My father is an extremely intelligent man.  With this intelligence comes an arrogance that I still don't fully understand - but I respect it. 

I must've been about 16 years old when, for some reason or another, I came home very upset about something that had happened at school.  I can't remember specifically what it was that made me so upset (I was sixteen, so everything was a BIG DEAL at that age). 

What I do remember is the advice my father gave me:

He said, "Rachel, most people are NOT going to see things the way you do.  Roughly eighty-five percent of the people who live on this earth are damn idiots.  Be grateful that you're in the top 15th percentile." 

Initially, I was surprised by his statement.  My dad never gives out compliments in any form. Did he just say that I was in the top fifteenth percentile? 

My dad thinks I'm smart! 

As I have gotten older, I can see why he thinks this way about the general population.  His advice
has helped me in many situations and has enabled me to keep my mouth shut when trying to argue about something with an 85th percentiler.

Oops, did that sound too arrogant? Like father like daughter...

My Princess (I'll put her in the top 5%) and my Dad

1 comment :

  1. Hahaha -- good post! I can clearly hear the words coming out of your Dad's mouth.


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