S: Lessons Papa Taught Me Kelci Harville
BC: For Papa
FC: Lessons Papa Taught Me | By: Kelci Harville
1: I was blessed to grow up with my Papa right next door to me. Growing up with him right next door had many advantages, but the most important one was that he was able to teach me many life lessons.
2: My Papa was a simple country man and since the day I was born we were like two peas in a pod. Sometimes we were partners in crime because we loved giving Meemaw a hard time.
5: Papa loved taking me to his store to show me off to all his coffee buddies. I didn't mind, he let me take whatever I wanted from the candy aisle and eat it. But my Papa, he was an honest man, and while it was his store, he always paid for whatever I ate. This was my lesson on honesty.
6: Papa taught me that it didn't matter if it was MY birthday or not, I could still blow out the candles and open all the presents. Papa even taught me that no matter how silly of a tie I got him, he would always wear it to church the next Sunday and tell everyone I got it for him.
9: My Papa was a very messy cook, but he sure was good at it. His dressing and pecan pies were what you looked forward to during the holidays, not the presents. At Papa's house meal time meant family time and I knew every Friday night was fish night. But spaghetti night, now that was my favorite. Papa would always have stories to tell me that night. Papa taught me the importance of having a good home cooked meal; he even taught me that you don't need teeth to enjoy it.
10: My Papa taught me that I didn't need expensive toys to have fun. He taught me that an adventure was right in the backyard.
12: Papa taught me all about gardening. He taught me about cotton pickin' and corn shuckin'. He even taught me how to tell if a watermelon was ripe using a straw from a broom.
14: My Papa also taught me about cows. He showed me how to feed them and let me take the bottle to the cows. He even let me name one! I named it Barney because when I was that age my Papa and Barney were my favorite things.
16: Papa taught me how folks in the country get from place to place. I loved riding on the tractor and mower with him.
18: Papa taught me all about pickup trucks over the years. I loved riding in his truck with him and his trucks were great for bringing home my surprises, like the lost dog I just had to have and a brand new bike.
21: Papa taught me that there would be days that require dressing up.
23: Papa also taught me that most days it's okay to just wear overalls and get dirty.
24: Papa taught me that the best pictures will never be taken at a store.
26: Papa taught me lots of lessons over the years. But the most important lesson I learned was what made my Papa so special.
27: The end
28: This book is dedicated to my one and only Papa. I will never forget the lessons you taught me and the adventures we had.
29: I'd like to give a special thanks to my Meemaw, if it wasn't for you marrying and putting up with my silly Papa, I would not have had such a wonderful Papa.