When I was 4 years old:
My daddy can do anything.

When I was 5 years old:
My daddy knows a whole lot.

When I was 6 years old:
My dad is smarter than your dad.

When I was 8 years old:
My dad doesn’t know exactly everything.

When I was 10 years old:
In the olden days, when my dad grew up, things were sure different.

When I was 12 years old:
Oh, well, naturally, Dad doesn’t know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood.

When I was 14 years old:
Don’t pay any attention to my dad. He is so old-fashioned.

When I was 21 years old:
Him? My Lord, he’s hopelessly out of date.

When I was 25 years old:
Dad knows about it, but then he should, because he has been around so long.

When I was 30 years old:
Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all, he’s had a lot of experience.

When I was 35 years old:
I’m not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.

When I was 40 years old:
I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He was so wise.

When I was 50 years old:
I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn’t appreciate how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him.

Ann Landers