“The best thing you can give yourself is the gift of possibility and believing in the possibility of others.”
Have you ever heard the expression, ‘they take after their father’ or ‘they take after their mother’?
Our 10 year-old daughter Taylor takes after my wife and I in many different ways.
If you have kids, do you ever sit back and think about how your kids and you are so alike? Do they do little things every now and then that remind you of the things you like to do?
I love to write and love to read books (lots of them). My mother never read, except for the newspaper in the morning and my father, all he read was the newspaper and maybe the scratch sheet from the track. I didn’t take after my father but I probably took a few traits from my late mother Carol.
I have noticed that Taylor loves to have us buy her books from Barnes and Noble. She also likes to check books out of the library. And when she checks books out, she does it in quantity! Her old man just recently checked out 13 books from the Michigan State University library! “Daddy, what’s with all these books?” she asked when she noticed them in the backseat of my car.
I have been working on a couple of writing projects the past couple of years and I also am the author of three blogs; Taylor is well aware of my hobby for writing. She can always see me at the home computer or even my laptop hard at work. She used to ask me what I was doing and I would explain to her the projects I was working on. So now, Taylor likes to take her pencil and her very own writing tablets, even journals, to pen her own stories. She gets a big thrill after completing a story and showing it to me.
My wife loves watching movies, she’s a big fan of most genres. She also loves going to the movie theaters; Taylor is the same way. She loves watching movies and looks forward to going to our local theater with my wife once a week. I’m not talking kids movies either, Taylor will watch a young adult films or even something like ‘Rent’.
Something else Taylor has picked up from my wife is watching the Food Network. Yesterday in the middle of the afternoon Taylor was sitting on the couch having lunch watching a lady cook up some sort of dinner on the Food Network. I sat their stunned.
‘Taylor you like this show’? I asked her.
Turning around to look at me she replied, ‘Yeah Daddy, of course I do’.
So she’s 10 and she’s watching the Food Network, not cartoons.
To conclude, I have a thing for bags. You know, messenger bags, small tote bags, black leather cases for my laptop, writing materials, etc. This morning I went in to wake Taylor and I looked around the room and couldn’t help but notice how many different bags she had scattered around the place. I just smiled…
As for me taking after my father, nah, not a chance. He was a mean old bastard who didn’t care about anyone. He did once tell me never to carry a wallet and told me to always put toilet paper on the seat when I go to the bathroom in a public place. Thanks for the advice dad.
My mother taught me to work hard and never ask for anything; two valuable traits, to this day I try and follow.