Saturday, October 1, 2011

Wonderful Week

I have had a wonderful week with my 1st born daughter, now grown up and 30 years old!  She lives in Austin, Texas, 2,000 miles away.  In this economy you must be where the jobs are.  Not much in my little town.  She has the beauty and sensibility of her mother and my wanderlust and sense of adventure!
   I used to be 34 times her age and am now barely twice!  Funny how time works that way.  I remember years and years ago telling her of my travels, my experiences in life, my adventures and now she is telling me of hers!  I think she has caught up to me already and at half my age has a lot of living yet to do.  She has worked at a lot of different jobs in her life, making fried chicken and serving coffee, working in little cluttered offices, teaching English in Europe and living in a hut in the deepest of Africa.  Not afraid to travel and not afraid to get into the thick of life.
   Now she is an "office manager" of a four office business!  That not being enough she is also a licensed massage therapist and follows sporting events soothing sore muscles.  She is athletic, a jogger every day and runs in marathon races and is into marshal arts!  She has a black belt in kick boxing!  Thank God I have never spanked her!
   It would be easy to think that she is one of the lucky few but she has worked hard for everything she has accomplished, made wise choices and learned the art of being self reflective, knowing what she wants and how to get it.
   We defeat ourselves more than others beat us down.  From an early age both of my daughters have learned to set goals.  It is a simple task that is no longer taught.  You set some goals, plot a strategy, list the things that will bring you closer to what you want and list the other things that will prevent you from attaining your goals.  Things you may also want.  Conflicting goals.
   A thousand dollars will buy a cheap car.  It will also buy you a round trip ticket to Paris!  That is the conundrum my daughter's grew up with!

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Cheryl said...

Thank you for the delightful 'daughter' tale StonePost.

conservativelybohemian said...

I just know you and your wife filled your girls with so much JOY for living. That is such a gift and she is a lucky girl indeed. I tried but my girls think I'm rather a flake, I think. LOL Maybe so.

stonepost said...

Ha, Sherry, anyone who can live in a car for three months AND do art is no flake! I'll take you on my side in a bar room fight any day!

Tiffiny said...

Isn't it wonderful when they come home for a visit. Nice post, made me smile. ;)

rama said...

She has got the good qualities from both of you. It must be such pleasure for you to see your daughter so responsible and talented.

Barbra Joan said...

Jerry, I know how much you enjoy your girls and your proud of them.. You both did a good job!
Write a book ...' How to Raise your Children."