The Internet is populated with lists on lists of life lessons we can learn from Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. They’re usually full of good advice—drink coffee, live colorfully, be yourself—but what about some of the other colorful characters of Stars Hollow?
Luke Danes may be a crabby restaurant owner, but he’s rooted in morals and common sense. Here are five life lessons we can learn from everybody’s favorite Gilmore Girls guy.
1. He does the right thing.
Luke can be testy, but he always knows when it’s time to stand up and do the right thing. He took in his troubled nephew in when no one else would, he went out of his way to help Lorelai and Rory multiple times and he took full responsibility for his daughter, April, as soon as he found out about her existence.
2. He’s a true romantic.
Luke might not like to admit it, but he believes in love as much as Lorelai and Rory. After years of pining for Lorelai, he reveals to her on their first official date that he kept a horoscope she gave him the day they met in his wallet for eight years. Swoon much? We can all learn to be more patient in love, like Luke.
3. He makes strides in dealing with his grief.
Like most of us, Luke had to deal with loss, and he showed us that it was a perfectly normal experience. The subject of his father was never an easy one for him to talk about. Luke even had a “dark day” every year on the anniversary of his father’s death because he didn’t like dealing with the pain. It was hard for him to open up at first to Lorelai about what it was like to miss his father so many years after his death.
4. He keeps things simple.
On the surface, Luke is a simple man. He never keeps his roots in his hometown. He turned his father’s hardware store into a diner. He wears the same baseball hat every day, and sticks to his flannel wardrobe. He even admits to buying the same socks year after year. But there’s something to be learned in Luke’s simple, yet stable lifestyle. He often stresses less and can focus more on helping the people he loves.
5. He says how he feels.
Luke never has time for too much Stars Hollow ridiculousness, but that doesn’t mean he’s shy about giving his opinions on things in town meetings. He also keeps it real with his customers, no matter what. Luke taught us that voicing your own opinions doesn’t make you mean, it just means you’re confident in your convictions.