When you're growing up and inside of the self-absorbed kid brain, it's easy to forget that your parents are full people who have lived through many lifetimes and a myriad of stories. Some of them have fled oppressive countries, others routinely stand up to bullies, and others know the secrets of building their own life path from scratch.
The lucky among us are regaled with tales from our parents' exploits, or get to witness firsthand just what makes them tick beyond the mundane duties of parenting.
1. OP's dad doesn't play games.
My father used to live in Chicago. He owned a furniture store. There was a large business across the street, and the business didn't have very good parking. So, this one employee would always park in my father's parking lot.
My father asked him everyday for a week to please stop parking there, because it took parking spots away from his customers.