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Isn't it funny that you realize the true wisdom of your parents once you're in the real world? It's nice to get to know them as human beings, still learning even as they grow closer and through retirement. Take the time not only to hang out with your parents, but to learn something from them or with them. Go to a lecture, an art gallery or a concert. You may learn something about them you never knew before. Heck, learning something new together can even create a bond you never had before.

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Stories (5)

  • Arnold Gelabert

    I'm grateful for my parents. My dad is super relaxed but at the same time sharp-eyed. He often shows me new music, all kind of tunes, ways to perceive the world. My mom is extremely analytical and is always telling me to seize everything and not leave anything to chance. It doesn't matter how much I've learned through the way I always find me myself coming back to them. Knowing to get their stories, "quirkiness", joys, regrets, makes me realize I'm not that different from them.

  • Tay

    Living on a farm is hard work- and I've learnt a lot from my parents (and grandparents). Not only are physical things important- like learning how to call cattle, pruning grapevines at the right time to grow the best crop, and shearing sheep- but the mental things to. It's important to remember that as a farmer you have to deal with living beings, and they get as easily freaked out by loud noises and scary shadows as you do.
    It seems simple, but it took a lot of watching and observing to learn.

  • Lee Fatone

    My mother is a ceramicist. A few years back she discovered a pottery class being given in a community center just a few miles from her house. She has been "playing in mud" ever since. It was awesome to watch this evolve from a hobby into a complete lifestyle change for her. She shows and sells her work in her community now, and even has her own potter's wheel at her house! Anything that doesn't sell gets shipped to me, which is awesome, because I now have an entire kitchen full of one-of-a-kind handmade dishes!

    The last time that I visited her in the Bay Area I actually went to the class with her and learned to throw on the wheel! I used to teach art, but my experience with clay was always more focused on sculpture, so it was challenging and fun to learn to use the potter's wheel. I had a blast hanging out and just being creative with my mom! I can't wait to go back!

  • Jelena Woehr

    My dad helped me drive my Uhaul (read: Drove it 90% of the way) from Arvada, CO to Los Feliz, Los Angeles, CA, when I moved here to work for GOOD. I'm living in a different state from my parents for the first time, so that transition sparked a lot of sharing and storytelling. My dad told me stories in the car about how he and my mother met, and how they drove from San Francisco to Golden, CO on a similar route with a similar Uhaul when my mother was expecting me and they'd decided Colorado was the place for them to raise a child. I also learned more than I'd known before about my female ancestors on my father's side of the family, and the tendency of women in my family history to explore and break down barriers.

    I was born stubborn, so learning from my parents has always been a point of contention for me. Even as a small child, I wanted to be taught MY way, and my way does not match my dad's pedagogical style whatsoever. So it was really nice to have a road trip together where we talked, ate, saw the sights, and the "learning something" part of the trip was just two adults talking about a bond we happen to share as family. It's so strange being so far from my folks, but seeing them is much more special now than it was when they lived 10 minutes away.

  • Chelsea Spann

    I was lucky enough to spend time with my mom on her birthday last Sunday. We planned a day to be creative. We attended a workshop to make floral headpieces, went to lunch on the roof of a hotel, went to a hip-hop dance class, and went to dinner at Culver Hotel where we sat with music moguls and talked "the business." We learned to plan structure, but space within that structure so that we could meet new people and learn new things. It was awesome. Best day ever.