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from Steve Higginbotham
Like Father Like Son
by Steve Higginbotham
July 30, 2007
While at the office this afternoon, I received a telephone call from my 10 year old son. He said in a very quiet, solemn voice, "Daddy, I was going to mow the yard and I accidentally poured the gasoline where the oil is supposed to go and now the mower won't start."
Well, my first thought was money. That mower was nearly $200.00. So I made sure he understood just how expensive a mistake he had made and I lectured him about being so careless, then I hung up.
After hanging up the phone, I sat and my desk and rehearsed my words in my mind. They were a little harsh and weren't very understanding. Then my mind went back to my own childhood. I recalled an occasion when I poured the wrong type of gasoline in my dad's new Lawnboy lawnmower, ruining it. How could I be so hard on my son when I had done the same thing?
So I left work and drove home to talk to my son. He was sitting in the chair with a sullen look, not wanting to make eye-contact. I said, "Matthew, do you want to know what happened to me when I was about your age?" He looked up at me and said, "What?" I said, "I was going to mow the lawn for grandma and granddad and I poured the wrong type of gasoline in granddad's lawnmower and ruined it." Immediately, a smile broke out across his face. Nothing more needed to be said, but I added one more comment. I said, "You know Matthew, you're a lot like your dad."
Parenting is not an easy proposition, and neither is being a child for that matter. So maybe if we're patient with each other, we'll both learn from our mistakes and grow.
P.S. - Anyone wanting to get rid of a used lawnmower?
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