My father used to say….
When we are little, we say, “My father can kick your father’s butt” (hero worship).
Then during the rebellious, teenage years, we say “My father is so controlling – he is ruining my life”.
As we become adults and fathers, we say, “Father, help me – I’m stuck!”.
Then after your father is no more, and we have grown older and wiser, we say… “My father used to say….”.