There are certain things your parents tell or teach you while growing up that always stick with you for one reason or another. And trust me, my three sisters and myself have heard it all! Especially since we were being raised in an uncommon household for that time and place: married homeowners raising four girls in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn it was back then was definitely not the Brooklyn people are flocking to today, and even still, my parent’s kids did not fall victim to their environment.
Now, as an adult and parent, I'm now able to put into perspective the things my parents taught us growing up. Below are the ones that have personally impacted me.
One thing my mom always said to us, especially if we tried running out of the house with our hair looking a mess, clothes not ironed properly or beds not made, etc., that my sisters could surely attest to was this phrase: “Have some pride and dignity about yourselves.” I'm honestly laughing as I type this because as much as that phrase annoyed me back then, I now understand it. Yes, my mom didn't want us walking out of the house looking like ragamuffins, as if she and my dad weren't hard workers who took proper care of us. But, at the same token she wanted us to grow up not only looking the part, but also believing in ourselves and having self-respect so that we may be successful in life.
My dad was a truck driver. He was gone a lot, but whenever he had the chance, and if our mother allowed us to go, he'd take us with him on some of his trips. We've seen a lot of different states that way, riding along with him on his huge 18-wheeler. He'd show us how to read maps, and pretend like he needed our help helping him find a location. I guess you can say that’s where I got my travel bug – from him. My want to be on the go, seeing new places. Going on these trips with my dad helped us bond as father and daughter, which helped me understand how important it is for my daughter and my husband to have their time. At four, she definitely has her father wrapped around her little fingers.
Now that I've shared a few things my parents have taught my while growing up that has an impact on my life currently, I’d love to hear about yours.
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