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Living your passion

June 7, 2007

Today was a very personal day and one that a father will always remember. Fleming had his convocation at Simon Fraser University and received his Bachelor of Arts as an English major. It was a happy moment for him after all that work. It is wonderful to see your son accomplish something he set out to do 4 years ago. It was an incredible learning experience for him, but it is only a start. He now moves on to Seminary in Saskatoon for another 3 years. Nils was happy when the mail arrived as his final payment came from the agency for all the work he did for the Mentos people. He had been waiting for over a month and now the funds will allow him to get his final business in order to move to Denmark in a few weeks. He had good news from his art show with a number of sales over the weekend. He also accomplished what he set out to do. Both of these young men are living what they want to do and the passion they have for art/theology/learning is apparent when you are with them. I have always told them since I can remember that it didn’t matter if they became sanitary engineers (garbage collectors) as long as they had a passion for it. There are just too many people in this world that are afraid to live their passions.

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  1. June 8, 2007 10:39 pm

    Spoken like a truly proud father. Sounds like your sons have the world ahead of them and the support they need.

  2. tinfoiling permalink*
    June 9, 2007 11:45 am

    Thank you. I would hope that all parents can experience a joy only children can offer. It makes one’s world much more real but isn’t without its pains.

  3. June 9, 2007 10:41 pm

    You remind me of my own dad. Through my life, I have had ups and downs. I am sure there were times that he lamented my wasted potential – but he never showed it. Through my teens to adulthood – it didnt matter if I was telling him of my new job at the meat packing plant, the purchase of my first home or when I bought my last company.

    No matter what I was doing, he always treated me evenly. He listened with enthusiasm as I described my job – whatever it was. He was always there to catch me (after I bounced once for measure) when I would fall.

    It was his support that helped me to achieve the financial and familial success that I have today. His example is the one I try to emulate with my own children.

    I just wanted you to know what your support of your children, likely means to them.

  4. June 10, 2007 11:33 am

    There’s a Yiddish word – a verb, actually, which is to kvell, which roughly translates as ‘glow with pride’. It’s a great feeling that I’ve sometimes had as a teacher when a particular pupil does something superlative. I can imagine for you as a parent, it must be just as vivid and positive.

    I’m sure that you’ll get a chance to kvell again. Great to hear about it this time. Mazel Tov.

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