Are you learning anything about your parents...

@patgalca (15556)
Orangeville, Ontario
October 13, 2007 8:08pm CST
from when they were young? My father passed away in February 06 and I swear I am learning more about him now than I did when he was alive. I had a long telephone chat with my mother last night. She told me how my Dad spent so much time in school playing jokes on the teachers and not applying himself to his studies that he didn't complete school. He left to join the Air Force (where he played in the band). I was unaware that my father only went to school until grade 11. He started working at the front counter of a music store and worked his way up to President of the publishing company. His older brother was always a drinker and an embarrassment to my father. My uncle was jealous of my father's success. My uncle even ended out in jail as a young man for drunk and disorderly conduct in public. Neither of my father's parents were drinkers at all. I told my mother I want to hear more stories. She can't remember what happened yesterday but she can certainly remember her life growing up and with Dad. What about you? What have you learned about your parents from when they were growing up? Any interesting stories? If you don't have any and your parents are still alive, I suggest you talk to them about this stuff. I really wish my father was around to so he could tell me more stories.
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@stella1989 (2274)
• India
14 Oct 07
I am learning a lot about my parents now..! Earlier they where just used be like some one BIg who is taking care of me. Who will always be there for me. Who can do almost anything for me. Will always bring gifts for me. I considered that nothing is like impossible for them!! They can do any thing. My mummy and papa. But as I am grown up now. I am getting to see the real world...from my eyes!! Now I know what the reallity is. Now I find my parents like the people who are already grown up to individuals and trying to survivie in this world, with a little bit of reponsibilites of us(their kids) also. I feel that they are great people who easily takes our reponsiblites, bear all our needs and wants, they hear all our shouting and still they LOVE us with all the bottom of their hearts ..!! I know in what circumstances my mother and father got married. I know how they had their heart broken in certain stages of their lifes. They give a lot of guidence to "my" teenage life. I know how my mother and father are living away from "their" parents. Now I can see their sacrifices for little happiness of ours. I can feel that they too want to have that chilled scoop of ice cream sometimes after all they are just another individuals...!! I want them to be like another individuals living with me but they always behave like parents and can't let their little daughter get carreid away. In this lonely world it feels great that someone is taking care of you and they are always there for you. Now I unerstand "their" needs and their wants. I can understand why my birthday cannot be celiberated in a big scale. I know parents can not always have their pockets full of money. Parents are great people on this world belive me!!!!! :)
@patgalca (15556)
• Orangeville, Ontario
14 Oct 07
Very well put, and so true. Thanks for responding.
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@rx4life (1932)
• United States
14 Oct 07
My parents have both passed away but I learned so many things about their lives both through them and also the large family gatherings we used to have. My uncles and aunts and parents would sit around and talk about all the things they did as children and even into adulthood. I miss those times. I miss the interesting way my family had of storytelling. It is sort of a lost art. It doesn't seem that families do much of that anymore. It seems the more high tech we become the less time we spend with the old fashioned way of spending time, which was with your familiy in the living room or around the dinner table sharing the recent and past experiences of each member. I used to marvel at the way my dad could capture the attention of an entire room with a simple true story from his many life experiences. Everyone should take the time to learn all they can about their family and it's history because when the older generation is gone there is no one to pass that inofrmation along if it is left unsaid.
@patgalca (15556)
• Orangeville, Ontario
14 Oct 07
You are so right. Even with my kids being 11 and 14, they love hearing stories about my childhood. The other option, I suppose, is for everyone to keep journals for their decendents to read later on.
@eftychiap (349)
• Cyprus
14 Oct 07
A weird story my mother told me is that she has never seen my father before the day she went to her house to ask her to marriage! He's been watching her, and fell in love with her, and he and his parents arranged a meeting with her parents to ask her to marriage! That is so crazy. I mean these days it's so impossible to happen, but those days it was actually common. My mother accepted just because he was cute, and his family had a good reputation. My mother's family were also friends with my father's family. So everything was great and they got married a few months ago. Well is that romantic or weird?
@patgalca (15556)
• Orangeville, Ontario
14 Oct 07
In some cultures that is quite common. I would die laughing if my mother told me that happened to her and Dad. Of course I know the whole story about how his parents did not want him marrying a Catholic girl. LOL! Dad converted. How long have your parents been married?
@izathewzia (5141)
• Philippines
14 Oct 07
Yes, I learned a lot from my mom. She showed such an amazing character and positive attitude that I admired most and trying to follow. She is my idol and living model. I always look up her. When I am in troube, i just recall how my mom overcame the many troubles she had in her life. And always emerged as a winner.
• Algeria
14 Oct 07
It seems something strange from CULTURE to CULTURE , we've used to know a lot about our parents and their parents and the parents of their parents and the GRAND-FATHERS or our FAMILIES , how did they behave , about their thoughts and plans , how to get married and a lot , the most of time we've been told that on LAUNCH , DINNER or evening when drinking TEA , COFFE , MILK , it depends , but it's a daily event , I've got amazed when I found that in some nations they do not talk when eating when we have a long period of LAUNCH/DINNER to speak about diffrent things , JOKES, DAILY LIFE, WEDDING INVITATIONS , and the best is the OLD STORIES of our family.