Answers to some questions asked on another forum:
Q…What has brought you the most Joy as you aged?
A….Seeing our sons make their way thru life, has been an up and down thing. There were times I wished for retroactive birth control. Then times my chest swelled with pride. BUT over all, it has been a joy.
Q… The most joyful thing?
The grandkids have been great. But learning that life is actually short, really short, and the things we wanted to do in years past and did not, if we are to do them, we must do them NOW. There is no PROMISE of tomorrow, nor continued good health..
Q…What would you do differently in your life?
A… 1. For one, I would really study and get a REAL formal education.
2. My first love was the military, Using the college (that I would have gotten) I would still join but as an officer. I would request the Sea-Bees and major in construction. Then on retirement I would start the construction company as I did, but I would not spend years ‘Learning on the job’.
(For a long time I denied the education thing above, pointing out that I (we) had done better than most folks with the 4yr degree)
3. I would take more time with my sons’ educations, and TRY to encourage them to also seek a formal education.
4.. Above all I would strive to be a better husband and father (I am pretty good at it now, but I haven’t always been).
Q… What words of advice do you have for my generation, as we try to grow closer to -- and guide -- our children?
A.. Here I am stumped and fall on the clichés, As you try to understand your children, LOVE them. Unless you just have an aversion to church, you should be active in a church and encourage your kids to also.
Church is definitely not a cure-all, but good morals will be learned and Christian folk are pretty good people to be around.
I am not preaching here, but many wise folk believe in salvation. It would be wise to ask some serious questions in that area.
There were a lot of good questions but I am not articulate enough to express my feelings.
thanks for stopping by the Shipslog.
I have enjoyed a great life. But even the best of lives could have used some tweaking!
If I had it to do over again, I would buy that $50 1934 Ford from Bud Coren and asked my brother to store it for me. LOL