I’m inclined to show this to my kids the next time we talk about money management and earning allowance.
Tonight I went to my newly-middle-school daughter’s Back To School night and met all her teachers and walked her path from class to class and exercised my grown-up schedule-bending privilege by arriving late to a session so that I could help her open her locker. Chronologically I’m an adult but part of me felt like a kid, and I have so many feels about what just happened…
"My father was a very good man, but he had a lot of shortcomings. He was very singularly focused. He was an expert mason so he was very good at laying bricks. But he wouldn’t apply his energies to anything else. I was very good with my hands too, but I was always wanting to try new things. But he’d always discourage me from attempting anything other than my field of study. I resented him for it.”
"How were you a different father to your children?"
"I encouraged my children to try everything. So much so that they resented me for it."