For Chip: He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion. —Unknown

Monday, July 28, 2014

Words of Wisdom from My Dad (Connie)

Connie Carter Best was a wonderful man that loved people.  He talked to everyone and always tried to make them feel better.  He was kind and always had a great smile, especially when he was with his grandchildren, or in his small backyard garden. He was never cruel, insensitive, hot tempered, or envious.

When I have decisions to make I always ask myself, what would CC Best do?  I miss him very much, but he did a great job teaching me some basic principles.  He was a wonderful father with an outstanding sense of humor.

If someone tells you that death of a parent gets is a lie.  The pain and heartache never go away.....and so is life. 

These are the things he always told me:
  • Be nice to people.
  • Your mother has a great personality, but her relatives are nuts.
  • Anyone can marry.
  • Your newborn son looks like a Prince.
  • Do not be ugly.
  • Go to church.
  • If you are not nice, "Ole Man Teeters" will get you.
  • Get an education before marriage.
  • Do not drink socially, or it could end up being a problem.
  • When eating at someones house, eat what they serve.
  • Try to get along.
  • If no one gets upset, then the family event is a success.
  • Do not spend so much time on your hair.  You will still look the same.
  • Do not take a job that you will not enjoy.
  • Pets can relax and sleep comfortably because they trust their owner completely.
  • Talk to everyone and make them feel better.
  • When feeling bad, don't discuss it with everyone. 
  • Always be on time for work.
  • Do the best job possible.
  • Grow a garden, and eat and share the produce.
  • Do not name your son a girl's name i.e. Connie.
  • If you name the first two son's, "J" names, do the same for the third.
  • Visit friends and family that are in the hospital.
  • Share with your neighbor.  Mow their yard or take them something.
  • Never stay longer than 24 hours when visiting.
  • Never be afraid of hard work.
  • Never drive your new car to work
  • Keep personal, financial information private.
  • Never make up a story.
  • Live in the future, and forget the past.
  • Don't worry about what gift to give your mother because she always takes it back.
  • When the chaplain came to his hospital room, he asked, "How much is this going to cost me?"
  • When having a bad day do not let it influence the way you treat your child.
  • Never eat chicken.  Do eat lots of vegetables.
  • When bothered by work or my mom his favorite expression:  "I want to be left alone".