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All In Good Time
Saturday, January 19, 2013
THERE just are certain things that we have to protect and keep. It is also these very things that we intend to pass on to the next generations after us. Some may even be material
Silver and gold I have none, just plain memories in my jammies which I share to my kids. Here's a story of a man and his old man. Every time at dinner time, the man would see the struggle of his old man as he shakes, dropping the bowl and breaking it and so too with every glass in his hands and making a mess every time at dinner time. One day to his dismay, the man got so tired seeing his old man mess up in front of his family, he sends his old man to a different nook in his home to eat by his lonesome. All bowls given the old man are now broken and all that's left is a wooden bowl. A wooden bowl that's tough it wouldn't break. The old man continued to eat on this bowl and on his own. Years have passed and so has the old man. Then this man sees his son carving something, curiously he asks what is he making and the son answers, I'm making a food bowl. Even more curious, the man asks what for as no one would need it anymore, and the son said...it's for you dad, when you get old, so that you won't mess up also in front of my family.
Is this how we are and what we may become? Children always see what we do as parents. While we adults seem to just do things as we please without thinking ill, our kids watch and understand. Be careful because what we think may not what they think. These experiences stick to the minds of our children. So what do we want them to remember?
Normally material things that we all worked hard for are what we hope to pass on to our children. But what good are riches if the character is corrupt. It is our very own character, our CREDIBILITY that we would want to pass on. Because it is this that define us as parents. We not only leave them material gifts but our very own character as parents. Our kids shall emulate what we are. So I ask, are we ready to pass on the character of who we are as parents? Nevertheless I will be thankful for whatever blessing that shall come my way. My parents I know have taught me well; to live a wonderful life with love and care. I shall cherish not only the material gifts passed to me and to my family, but the way I have grown to be the man that I am today. What am I? I can't really say today, all I know is that I would care for my own family the very same way I was cared for and this is the very thing I would like to pass on to my kids and that is a LEGACY.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on January 19, 2013.