Your Turn

Your Turn/Dan Teefey

Posted: Nov. 18, 2017 9:15 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... president of the United States because I wasn't going to be tall enough for the NBA.

What would you rather be doing right now? Jumping on the trampoline with the kids.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... In 1996 I wrote "Teefey in 2020" with a Sharpie on the inside of the dome of the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? The day Dana succumbed to two years of my persistence and agreed to go on a date with me.

It really stinks when ... people are mean or don't use their blinker, or both.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Persistent.

I always laugh when ... our kids laugh.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jesus (the way, truth and life), Wendell Berry (my favorite rural philosopher) and St. Francis of Assisi (he knew how to balance faith and works).

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... eat ice cream and watch as many episodes of "Parks and Recreation" with Dana as I can before I fall asleep.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... nice.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Jimmy Carter at a Sunday school class he taught at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to Ireland and learn about my ancestors.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... not enter every dollar I spent into Quicken.

America should be more concerned about ... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control because the opposites don't work well.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... legal pads and pens.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... I like deals.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Occasionally people will remember what you say to them, but they will always remember how your words made them feel.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... NPR podcasts -- More Perfect, Radiolab, Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, This American Life.

I always get sentimental when ... my kids want me to lay down with them at night.

The older I get, the more I realize ... the present moment is all I can control.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... breathe more slowly to avoid passing out at the birth of our first child -- and not need the doctor to give me Dana's hospital bed pillow.

My favorite item of clothing is ... Hanes Slim Fit ComfortBlend 50 percent cotton, 50 percent polyester crewneck undershirts. They are made from clouds.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's that it's always easier to talk than it is to do.

Dan Teefey, 38, grew up in Mount Sterling and met his wife, Dana, at the University of Illinois. They have four children -- Adelaide, 11; Miriam, 9; Teshetae, 7; and Elliott, 2. Teefey has sold auto parts, cleaned horse stalls, practiced law and pastored a church. This summer, the family moved to Quincy so he could serve as the executive director of the Tracy Family Foundation.

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