Monday, June 11, 2007
Terry Yushchyshyn December 25, 1936-June 7,2007
My Dad died last Thursday after fighting cancer for a year. When he was diagnosed, he was given 3 months. As usual, Dad did not do what was expected of him...
I have been quietly contemplating his life and the impact he made on mine, and I am grateful for the love and lessons that he passed on to me. He was an important player in the movie exhibition industry for 50 years, but the person I knew was also a sensitive and playful Daddy, and that's how I will remember and honor him.
I learned a lot from my Dad. Here is a short list of the most important lessons, in no particular order:
-Everything in moderation.
-When someone says something that upsets you, consider the source.
-Fishing isn't about catching fish, it's about sitting in the middle of the lake enjoying the quiet.
-Everything will grow with enough water and fertilizer.
-Sometimes it's better to be quiet than to be right.
-Friends come and go, but your family is forever.
-One good dog is better company than a hundred friends.
-You'll appreciate something a lot more if you have to work to get it.
-The best wild blueberries grow in clear-cuts and pipeline pathways.
-Always be ready for the next adventure.
-Take life seriously, but don't take people seriously.
-A long, hot bath solves just about everything.
There was so much more, of course, but these ones are the bits of advice that I hear running through my head most often.
I love you, Dad.