I’ve been married to my wife, Georgia, since I was not quite twenty years old. Like many others, we’ve had some rough periods, but we worked through our issues because we love each other very much and tried hard to make our marriage work.
We are the parents of three married daughters, who have two children each. They were very good girls growing up and have always made us proud of them. There were never any problems with alcohol, drugs or the fear of pregnancy out-of-wedlock. This is not to say they didn’t give us some real scares while growing up by doing stupid things that kids do.
Our grandchildren, are all fine examples of youth, ranging from the youngest boy who is almost 9-years old to the oldest boy, who will soon turn 24 and has a good job in high-tech and lives in the Los Angeles area. Our eldest daughter has two boys and our other two daughters each have a boy and a girl. The fact that they all turned out good and are flourishing in today’s crazy world didn’t happen by accident. It was a lot of work, but well worth the time and sacrifice, as our kids always came first. We didn’t play favorites, set boundaries and were not afraid to apologize to them when we were wrong. The fact that my wife Georgia was able to be a stay-at-home Mom was a good thing for them and our family as a whole. Two incomes would have been nice, but a strong and loving family unit is more important in the long run.
Personally, I have had what many would call a successful business career. We’re not rich by any means, but in pretty descent shape, which is a good thing. This took hard work, and of course the ability to work with others, even the A-holes. I have been a mentor and been mentored by others. By helping others, you help yourself. You don’t have to climb the ladder of success by screwing your co-workers. This is not to say that I didn’t let a few jerks flounder by not covering their backs any longer. They deserved what they got and hopefully learned from the experience.
From time to time I have been asked what I am most proud of, or my greatest accomplishment in life. The answer to this question is simple, it is my family. We all sincerely love and respect each other. Some families dread the holidays. We always look forward to them, because we truly enjoy spending time together.
I’ve been on this planet for quite a while. During that time I’ve done things right and done things wrong too. But whether right or wrong, I did my best to learn from every decision and choice I have made.
I will share my thoughts here to cultivate discussion, because we can all learn from each other. If you don’t agree with me that’s fine, feel free to comment. Likewise, if you agree, hopefully you will have additional insights to offer on the topic at hand.
Thanks for dropping by, and come back often. I think things will get interesting as we travel this road together.