|Dec. 8th, 2006 10:35 pm What I learned from my Dad|
When I think of my Dad, I don't picture him in a jacket and tie as shown in the photo in my previous LJ entry; that was a mode of dress he only adopted a few years ago, when he started working as a residential real estate agent (that photo is the one from his real estate web site and business cards, in fact). Instead, I picture him in either casual western wear (when I was a kid, our family business was a western wear, feed, and ranch supply store), or in work clothes.
He was always working on some project or another: building a workshop, building the horse corrals and arena at our house, building a feed and tack shed, building a team roping practice dummy (out of an old automotive rear axle, an electric motor, and half of a bicycle), and so forth. Half the time, it seemed like he was building stuff to help build more stuff; a workbench, a rack for carting welding equipment around on the back of the tractor, etc. He built, from a kit, the computer that we used at the store for years for inventory and accounting, a Heathkit H-89.
A few years ago, I sent my Dad the following on Father's Day:
The other day, I was having a discussion with a friend about how and where people acquire and develop their basic problem solving skills. You taught me all those basic skills simply by the example of how you did things yourself. Things like how to approach problems; how to think through a plan before you start but continually evaluate the plan as you go along and adjust as necessary; how to keep track of all the stuff that needs to get done; how you to prioritize; how to break bigger projects down into more manageably parts to consider and attack; how to improvise and adapt with the resources at hand; how to keep basic resources available so that you _can_ improvise and adapt when necessary; and all sorts of stuff like that.
Thank you for that, and happy Father's Day!
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