My Father

“My father always said, ‘Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.’

It was lights out at 8 p.m. in our house and we were up at dawn to the smell of coffee, frying bacon and scrambled eggs.

My father followed this general routine for a lifetime and died young, broke, and, I think, not too wise.

Taking note, I rejected his advice and it became, for me, late to bed and late to rise.

Now, I’m not saying that I’ve conquered the world but I’ve avoided numberless early traffic jams, bypassed some common pitfall and have met some strange, wonderful people, one of who was myself- someone my father never knew.”

– Charles Bukowski, Throwing Away the Alarm Clock

For more, check out “4 AM” and “Parents”

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