First year in NZ completed... business started, new puppy acquired and doing well on training, website up, Things are going well.
Really I have to say I love it here.
It seems my Dad's 59th year has started out a busy one as I have not been able to get a hold of him either one his birthday, the day after his birthday or indeed, a few days later on Thanksgiving. What was he up to? Well the same thing he has been up to since he was a teenager, Fencing.
Since I am far away from home, and because it is difficult to ship things from so far away, my dad got his birthday present about a month ago when I visited for my sister's wedding. A pair of dark brown New Zealand Wool slippers. I hope they have been quite comfortable! But this is my other gift.
The Things I have Learned from my Dad.
Dedication- Did I already mention fencing? My dad has taught me the meaning of the word,dedication, through his actions. Because of this I have always held to the idea that if you really enjoy something you should never give it up for any reason.
Patience- Seemingly the most patient man in the world. When I get frustrated, I remember my Dad's ability to be calm in any situation no matter how infuriating. And then I take a deep breath and try to be more like him.
Wit vs. Timing- His dry sense of humor is only made funnier by the carefully thought out comments, made possibly minutes after a topic of conversation has ended. In the end his wit makes up for the late delivery of his most hilarious comments.
The Ability to Apologize- Apologizing for anything I was at fault for was never my strong point as a child. I was more of the "hide and take a nap until the whole thing blew over" type. It was because of my dad that I finally realized how far an apology can go to mending hurt feelings. And that apologizing for something did not make you a lesser person, but in fact a much better person.
That is what my Dad has taught me; how do be a better person, how to deal with tough situations calmly, the importance of doing something that you really believe in, and
that a cleverly though out line does not necessarily have to be delivered exactly on time, as long as it is funny in your own head.
I owe you a lot (not just for the cars you bought me) but for where I am right now. Starting my own business, staying calm under pressure, and the ability to laugh with myself even when no one else gets the joke.
Thanks Dad! Happy Birthday! (maybe next year I'll get you a nice watch).