“Don’t Eat Yellow Snow” and other Life Lessons from Dad - Big T NYC

“Don’t Eat Yellow Snow” and other Life Lessons from Dad

by Theresa Krier

“Don’t Eat Yellow Snow” and other Life Lessons from Dad

To be completely candid, Father’s Day is a tough holiday for me. It’s filled with memories that make me smile, but also feelings of deep loss and sadness. Since unexpectedly losing my dad 10 years ago, I have cherished every memory of him, every word of wisdom he bestowed on me, and have tried to live my life in a way that he, and my mom, would be proud of. My dad was my real-life hero, accomplishing every huge, seemingly unattainable goal he set for himself, while living life with gusto and loving every minute of it.  He was the life of the party, the guy everyone wanted to spend time with, and I was lucky enough to be his daughter. 


I know this special bond I feel is not proprietary. It's shared by so many sons and daughters and their fathers. I love hearing what people admire and have learned from their dads. On this Father’s Day I’d like to celebrate all dads, and thank them for sharing their wisdom with all of us. We polled the Big T NYC community, family and friends, and are excited to share the top 12 lessons we’ve learned from our fathers. Some are invaluable and some are just plain hilarious.


  1. “Treat everyone with kindness and treat them the way you would like to be treated.” –Dee H.’s dad

It doesn't matter if they are homeless or the president, everyone deserves respect.


  1. “Be kind, honest, and appreciate family and friends.” – Pat H.’s dad

Kindness, honesty and appreciation are timeless virtues.


  1. “Take pride in what you do and do it well” –Valerie A.’s dad

How we live our lives is the legacy we leave for our family.


  1. “Maintain your own identity” - Anita’s dad

There’s only one of you in this world. Let your uniqueness shine on!  


  1. “Try hard in school. Especially math.” – Theresa A.’s dad

Never underestimate the importance of education… be the person who continues to learn, grow and gets wiser with age.


  1. “Don’t eat yellow snow” – Bill K.’s dad

Can’t underestimate the legitimacy (and hilarity) of this advice.  


  1. “You are beautiful” – Barbara R.’s dad

And don’t you forget it.


  1. “Family is everything and nothing should come before that” – Patty’s dad

Perfectly put!


  1. “Work hard, play hard” – Drew K.’s dad

Work hard, and smart, to earn the life you want to live, then make sure you go live it!


  1. “Do not judge other people…especially if you don’t know their situation” – Kerrie D.’s dad

Who are we to judge? Let’s focus on being the best in our own lives.


  1. “Buy low, sell high. Anybody can give them away” – Matt K.’s dad

This is pretty sound business advice, haha. Know the worth of what you’re selling!


  1. “You can be anything you want to be” – My dad

This advice is from my dad, Joe Krier. In a world where women sometimes feel like they have a pre-determined role to fill, my dad repeatedly told me and showed me that I could be anything I wanted to be. He taught me how to play the guitar, how to fly an airplane, how to buy a home, how to work for what I wanted, and most importantly, how to appreciate life and never take it for granted.  Thank you, dad, for this and the million other life lessons you gave me. I am beyond blessed to have grown up with you as my father, mentor, and now, guardian angel.

Cheers to all the dads and their infinite wisdom. We love learning from you. Happy Father’s Day! xx

Theresa Krier
Theresa Krier


1 Response

monica o.
monica o.

June 20, 2016

love this post! <3

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