Recently I had a lunch date with my Dad. This is a rare occurrence since we live about 2,000 miles apart. I treasure these times.
During our conversation, Dad shared some of his boyhood antics on the farm in upstate New York (anyone hear of Voorheesville, NY?). Now, I typically think of my Dad as a practical personal with sound business advice and information to share, based on his varied life experiences. Former VP of a major clothing manufacturer, he is the epitome of a well-organized and no-nonsense kind of guy. He’s often my sounding board to my queries of “How do I make this choice?” or “What do I do next?”
I forget that he was once a teenager. When he described the teenage incident of chasing his cousin around the farm, his eyes lit up. His giggle changed to a chuckle. He clearly enjoyed reliving the incident and sharing it with me. I was surprised – “Dad actually was a bit mischievous (within limits, of course)? Dad did other things on the farm besides the farm jobs? During the Depression, folks had fun?” There was something to learn here.
- Always maintain the boyhood/girlhood sense of youth
- Continue to have fun during challenging times
- Share childhood antics with the family – they’ll enjoy them
- Have lunch dates with older family members