|My dad has always had a great sense of humor|
By the time I was in my teens, my parents had figured out a lot of things; they had developed some calm in regards to certain teen behavior which had, at first, created some panic and major reactions in them. So I daresay it was much easier to be their 3rd child than their first - but isn't this true in many families? We learn parenting from our own parents - whether we like what they did or not - and mainly by doing it ourselves; many times, we learn by "doing it wrong."
When my brother and sister were deep into their teens, there was some conflict over the expectations in our home, and the way my parents felt they were being treated. In light of all that they did for us, and the teachings of the commandment, "Honor thy father and thy mother...," as well as their desire to raise courteous and respectful people, my parents held certain standards; at the time, these were not being met by the three of us.
My father, with a huge sense of humor and a deep sense of responsibility for his family, came up with a choice for us: The Good Deal or The Bad Deal. He and my mother obviously had a clear idea of which one they wanted us to choose, but they did allow us the choice.
|Debbie, Jim and me, a few years after the Good Deal/Bad Deal offer|
|The house where I grew up|
|This was actually a vehicle for work (my dad was a salesman with several states to cover), but it could also whisk you away for something special|
My sister and I immediately opted for The Good Deal. My brother decided to try The Bad Deal. My father and mother stood back and waited.
My brother came back to ask for The Good Deal a short time later.
|My family at the time of my first marriage|
By the way: is it just me, or can anyone else see the family resemblance?
|David in 2011|
|My dad in the 1960s|