The different stages of relationships between Dad & Son are fascinating to say the least. I would need about 10 pairs of hands to count the times when a friend or even a person in line at a coffee shop has said my kids never listen they just know everything.
Myself personally I was the smartest human that ever lived when discussing anything with my Dad, and most of the time I wasn’t even listening, however, I would listen to a strangers advice. Now I know not every relationship between Dad and Son isn’t this way.
Its actually usually the other way round (i.e. kids don’t really know much but think they know everything and that their fathers don’t understand them) … you’ll discover when you are older.
When I hit the old age of 20 maybe I hit my head or my Dad took courses behind my back , I discovered that my father was right on most issues that I used to quarrel with him on. And its not like he was authoritative or anything. He used to keep on pointing out the issues that I should be focusing on (or the issues I was ignoring at my own risk) and I used to keep ignoring him and thinking that he was just blowing hot air.
Unfortunately myself and Dad didn’t agree on most conversations (that he was mostly right).
My Dad grew up in the 30’s & 40’s so he didn’t get a chance to acquire a formal education so grade 6 was it. But I will tell you one thing about my Dad he was street smart and a survivor. At the age of 13 he worked 3 jobs.
- Up at 3am delivering ice on a horse driven wagon
- Pumping gas at the local station after delivering ice
- Then off to the Construction site
Dad eventually started his own construction company and didn’t retire until he was 67 years old.
My Dad was amazingly resilient, never ever gave up and could teach a CEO or two about honesty and the importance of taking care of your employee’s. Even through the ups and downs of business he always took the high road when it came business ethic’s. I guess that explains whey he didn’t retire until 67. Lots of dishonest people in business.
Being Fathers day this weekend this is my thanks and tribute to my Dad. Because of his example and yes his DNA all three of his Children are street smart and survivors.
Thanks Dad (via Heaven)