Today I was walking in the rain
and sharing with my son (again) about some of the many gifts I have received from my parents.
My parents gave my brother and I wonderful gifts and experiences growing up. But there were some gifts I received that have lasted my lifetime, and I have tried to pass some of them forward.
I love to read
My home always had books growing up, we went to the library at least once a week. I read comic books, I read the Hardy Boy mysteries, I read Freddy the Pig adventures … I read and I read.
It seemed natural for me growing up for everyone in the family to quietly read, on the couch, at the table, or even laying on the grass outside.
I still love reading, and what a limitless gift it has been in my life, and in my career to have a love of reading and an ability to focus.
I love to learn
I often watched documentaries growing up with my parents. My parents gave me learning gifts many years at Christmas time, including:
- chemistry sets
- microscope (it was really neat and had it’s own briefcase)
- steam engine
I love to try to do-it-myself
Both of my parents were handy. My Mom was artistic, and painted, drew, and made cards. Some of most priceless keepsakes are ones that my Mom made including a pencil drawing of my dog Tiger.
My Dad worked on do-it-yourself projects and changed his own oil and so on.
I learned quickly I didn’t have Mom’s talent but I was able to cut the grass, wash a car, change my oil, do small art projects.
I don’t (usually) let fear of failure prevent my attempting something new
Dad did all types of projects that he taught himself. He made root beer, wine, sushi, put a cement floor in our garage, he built a garage door, he did flooring and plumbing, and much more.
I think that lesson about not being afraid to fail has been a wonderful gift.
If not for that I would never have tried so many things in my life including:
- run a 10K
- learned to ride a bike
- gone on road trips
- taken tai chi classes
- taken step classes
- joined Toastmasters
- tried all types of home projects
Thanks Mom & Dad for the many, many ways you gave and still give to my life. The memories and the lessons aren’t forgotten, in fact I treasure them. – David