March 15, 2022

Slip me a slobber, bobber.  That was the way my Dad would ask me for a kiss when I was little. Just as Steve Jobs developed technology that people automatically knew how to work, Dad spoke a love language of cute cliches that were automatically understood by children.  If we were acting up he would say “Straighten up and fly right or I’m going to clip your wings.”  If we were fighting “Cut it out, or I am going to cloud up and rain all over you.”  He could correct without intimidation or degradation.  He could put your back on the road without making you feel like an idiot or reprobate for getting in the ditch in the first place.  I never heard the phrase “Shame on you!” from either of my parents.  They just didn’t speak shame.  They were however big on slobbers.

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