Keep Calm & Carry On Superglue, A Lesson from Dad

Posted June 16, 2013 by Kristen J. Zavo in Life After Five
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My childhood is full of father-daughter moments. I have many fond memories of the time we spent together, just the two of us. Dad loves to tell the story about when I was helping him paint the fence and I painted the neighbor’s dog’s nose.  I remember our walks to swim lessons, and specifically the time when I was around 5 years old and I chickened out and didn’t jump off the big kids’ diving board. But Dad was still proud and told me I was courageous for even trying!

I also loved movies, and subjected my Dad to his fair share of the Disney classics including Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella. We would often cozy up on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn. We even had a special bowl – Mom’s fancy popcorn bowl – for just that purpose.

I still remember the horrible feeling on the day when I insisted that I would carry it by myself into the living room. Mom wasn’t around to tell me no or keep a close eye on me – and no shocker – I dropped it. Popcorn went everywhere…but worse, the popcorn bowl broke into million pieces. I was around 6 or 7 years old at the time, and my immediate reaction was to burst into tears. This was our only popcorn bowl, our special bowl. Mom always told me to be careful. I hadn’t listened – and look what happened, just what she had said!

But Dad told me to calm down. No worries, he said. With a little superglue, it would be okay. Good as new. Mom would never even know. My father actually sat there that night and calmly glued the bowl back together. Obviously it could never be used again, but I didn’t know that. In my mind, Dad had saved the day!

Moral of the story? Stay calm! Of the countless lessons I’ve learned from my Dad, this is both one of the simplest and most meaningful. Whether in our personal lives or at work, it always pays to stay calm in the face of even the most stressful situations. It is only when we do so, that we can think clearly and determine the best plan of action. And when all else fails, there ain’t nothin’ that can’t be fixed with a little superglue!

Happy Father’s Day to the fathers that continue to support their Career Girls – and to my own Dad, thanks for teaching me to stay calm. Happy Father’s Day, I love you!

About the Author

Kristen J. Zavo

Kristen J. Zavo is a product development, strategy and innovation professional, with a special interest in the retail industry. Having always been interested in the people side of business, Kristen loves to explore, reflect on, and share stories about the challenges and adventures of being a businesswoman. No topic is off limits - whether it's how to handle being the only woman in the boardroom, or figuring out how to to pack all the "essentials" for a 2-week business trip in just a carry-on! Outside of work, she loves exploring new places, spending time at the beach and meeting friends to workout (spin or yoga, anyone?!).