Lessons Learned from My Parents

Everyone knows that when we are teenagers our parents are not the brightest stars on the planet. In fact, they can be down right irritating and may be even great hindrances to our ability to have fun! But then, miraculously, as we get older, our parents seem to become much wiser! My dad passed away when I was only 15, so I didn’t have the opportunity to appreciate him as he would surely have grown wiser. My mom passed away while my children were young, so I did have a few years to take advantage of her wisdom. Despite my limited years with them, I did manage to glean a few pieces of wisdom that I hope I have been able to instill in my children, who are now adults.

1)      Love your children unconditionally.

2)      Love God and take your children to church (don’t just send them).

3)      Life is not always easy or fair.

4)      It is good to be self-sufficient.

5)      Education is valuable.

6)      Hard work pays off.

7)      Don’t smoke!  They did and they both died from smoking-related diseases (so did Randy’s parents).   I am passionate about this!

8)      Family is important.

To add one of my own, remember to take pictures your family together - at least at special occasions, but for informal get togethers too! And occasionally, hire a professional photographer to capture some really good memories of all of you together. You won’t regret it!

What are some things you learned from your parents?

I was their Christmas present!

I was their Christmas present!