Today’s story is contributed by Elizabeth Parsons.
For a time, I was the kid you prayed you didn’t get. Hard-headed. Smart-mouthed. Opinionated. Disobedient.
Liz (behaving for once) with her little brother Daniel
Dad? Arch enemy #1 (probably because we are so alike).
What did we fight about? Everything. Bedtime. Friends. TV shows. Madonna. (I worshipped her; Dad was not impressed).
My mission in life: to prove Dad wrong; to show I was right.
Where did I get this obstinate streak? Probably from my lawyer Dad. When he was a kid, he was a handful, too. When he didn’t get his way, he’d hold his breath until he fainted — at least I didn’t do that. READ MORE
Today’s story is from Tom Hopkins, a national treasure, the Dale Carnegie of our times.
Dad, Les and his successful young son, Tom Hopkins.
As a student, I was never at the top of my class. Still, my parents struggled to save money to send me to college. I dutifully attended – for 90 days – then decided it wasn’t for me. I quit and went home.
After their sacrifice, my parents weren’t pleased with my decision. My father told me,
“Son, I will always love you. But, you will never amount to anything without a college education.”