This weeks topic was chosen by Lisa. She wants to know 10 things your parents did right. Its kinda funny, cause at the time I'm sure I felt these things were bad, but in the end it turned out to be right.
If you know my sisters and I, you would know we are all three complete opposites. And while my parents tried to keep it fair and do the same for all of us, it didn't work out that way.
10 Things My Parents Did Right
1. Do what you want in life - I wanted to go to pastry school, and was accepted. They were supportive. I ended up not going because I couldn't afford it. Instead I stayed here and got an Accounting degree. Because I had to pay for school myself and its what I could afford. (its a good thing I didn't move to Colorado, I would have never met Casey)
2. Be Responsible and Independent with your actions - Sure this sucked when I was younger. I was always told "your sisters look up to you and your actions, so think about what you are doing" (although my sisters never followed my direction and usually were in more trouble than I ever got into) I was responsible for myself, and suffered or enjoyed the outcome of my choices / mistakes.
3. Work hard and appreciate what you have - My parents weren't the kind of people who just gave me stuff. I had to earn most of it. They bought me a truck. I never got to pick it out. They brought it home and told me I had to pay them back for it. I earned and paid back every cent myself. Of course they then turned around and bought the truck off of me (for 10% of the price I paid) and gave it to both my sisters. They trashed the truck, where I had taken care of it because I paid for it.
4. Treat others how you want to be treated - Needs no explanation
5. Don't be a quitter - In 6th grade I had signed up for band. I hated it. But they wouldn't let me quit. They told me to finish out the year and then find something else I like. I was to stick with it, because you might like it later. (I never did like it) But I never did quit anything I signed up for. Sometimes it takes longer than a few weeks to find out you like it.
6. Do it yourself - My dad taught me how to change a tire, and tried to teach me about my engine. He wanted me to do things myself, and not rely on someone else to take care of it for me. He didn't want me to become dependent on someone else to do things for me.
7. Take vacations - I don't know how my parents did it, but they always took all three of us on 1 big vacation a year. We went to Hawaii one year. Disneyland another. We were older, but still they took us. It was a big deal.
8. Mind your manners - If we misbehaved we got in trouble. We were taught to behave in public. Not run around like crazy people.
9. Deal with it - When something bad happens, have a pity party if needed. But get over it and move on. Don't dwell on things you can't change. Pick your self up and get over it. Only you can change the things in your life
10. They had me
All these things made me, me. And I wouldn't change any of it!