As my children grow older, I find more and more reflections on my own childhood occupying my mind. My childhood was wonderful, great parents, family and friends. We never had a lot of money as a kid, yet my parents always found the money to take us somewhere every year. These memories create an immense desire to give the same to my children. I wonder often if they will reflect upon their childhood with the same fondness that I do on mine.
As I ponder what was important, what has left the largest impact upon my life and what memories I hold dearest I have learned that:
- Money never created the happiest memories of my childhood
- The trust of my parents and their approval was of tantamount importance
- Time with my family and relatives was deeply important and infuential
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ was taught and lived in my life, creating an anchor for me in this world.
- A Child’s needs should always outweigh a parents
- Fidelity, and trust and love are required in a happy marriage
- Time with loved ones is far more important than careers
- The greatest bonding moments in our family happened in two places: our home and nature
- Hard and meaningful work as a child makes successful adults
- True Love within a family provides a refuge from the pressures of this world.
There are many more lessons that I have learned at the hands of my parents, this is not all inclusive and could never be interpreted as such. My humble parents taught and raised 6 successful boys who became successful and great men, wonderful fathers and husbands. Men who understand how to work to achieve success in life.
I hope that I can be as successful a parent as mine were. I hope to leave that same legacy for my children and grandchildren.