Mr. O’Rourke, on Perfectionism

The guy in the yellow is Mr. O’Rourke, my friend Ann’s dad.

Ann and I were roomies in college. We grew up near each other but didn’t know each other prior to being roommates. She is nice, and she has red hair, and she married a nice guy and he has red hair, and they have three nice beautiful children with green hair. Kidding. The children actually have red hair too.

Anyway, Ann’s dad decided it would be great fun to jump out of an airplane when he turned 85 last summer.










Ann is one of four siblings and after their sweet mom died several years back, the question was where should he live? It was a tough decision, because everyone wanted him at their house. Ann got him. He lives with the red heads.

It occurs to me I have absolutely no idea what Ann’s dad’s profession was/is? I do know he has lived a good life. His family loves him. I know he’s a success.

On Facebook the other day, Ann posted this quote from her dad:

“Don’t try to be a perfectionist. Even Mary and Joseph lost the kid for three days.”










I love it. And I’ll try to keep that in mind. Thanks Mr. O’Rourke.

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7 Responses to Mr. O’Rourke, on Perfectionism

  1. Carrie Link says:

    I love him and everything about him. Thanks for the inspirational post!

  2. Amanda says:

    If I can sky dive and still have enough marbles left to come up with things like that at 85 I’ll be one happy camper

    PS the very thought of throwing myself out of a plane brings me out in a cold sweat but if I could if I wanted, that would do me 🙂

  3. kario says:

    Awesome! Those redheads are lucky to have him around. I’ll bet he has enriched their daily lives more than he knows.

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  5. Jamie says:

    This is sooo great!! I just had to tweet it which I have never done about any post (not counting my own) before!! Thanks for sharing I love it!!!

  6. Dee Ready says:

    Dear Michelle, . . . thanks for introducing us to this high-flying philosopher. It’s good to know someone who has remained youthful in spirit and can smile like that after a sky jump!

  7. Alicia D says:

    Love it!! Mr O’Rourke sounds awesome 🙂

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