While I’ve written several blogs referencing the gratitude I have for the parenting I received as a child – sprinkled with a few that state their discrepancies – one compliment I must pass on to my parents is the one they never hear. I’ve heard this compliment quite frequently over the years, from random acquaintances to the former MLB All Star, Lenny Dykstra.
“I really want you to meet my son/daughter…”
It’s often followed by a statement/topic which they’d like the two of us to discuss. For Lenny, he asked me to talk to his son about his school performance and what he wanted to do with his life. “Baseball? It’s all I’ve got.” he told me.
While it may seem insignificant, there’s a lot of hidden value behind a parent’s desire for somebody to meet their own bloodline. In my opinion, it’s the ultimate tip-of-the-hat to the parenting done by another individual.
A younger me would often be envious of the private schooling and ‘better’ upbringing I saw in those around me. A Starter™ jacket and pair of Tommy jeans doesn’t do very much good to me these days. While there are a large number of experiences and guidance I received under the roof of my parents that have benefited me to this day.
It should also be noted that the individuals I’ve spoken to, who have made introductions to their children, are not deadbeat parents. In fact, it’s quite the contrary! They’re successful, intelligent, entrepreneurial and wise individuals who are able to observe and appreciate the traits of good parenting/children when they see it. I’ve often wondered how it is that a son/daughter wouldn’t listen to the advice of their own parent, when their parent has a multi-million dollar net worth and is well-respected in the community. A prophet is without honor, it seems…
There are a great many people to show respect and gratitude to, for all of the time they’ve spent pouring their lives into me. However, today goes out to my parents. Dad, I hope I make you proud. Mom…thank you for everything and I’ll see you soon!
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