My soon to be 16 year old daughter wanted to have the talk.
I take a lot of pride in having very good kids that I hope we have prepared to make wise decisions. I try to keep the lines of communication open with them so they never feel like anything is of limits.
I will preface things by saying that my oldest daughter is academically gifted and that is through sheer determination, it is not from my genetics. She decided to start running track this year for the first time ever and I was able to see her in action and it was awesome. I never realized how athletically gifted the kids are in this sport.
After the track meet was over we had some quality father – daughter time and some great conversation. The two hour chat hit topics from family to friends and her college plans. She told me that she wants to be an orthodontist and narrowed her schools down to 3 (of course all over 2,000 miles away).
I knew I would Have To Answer This Question Eventually
When discussing her career plans she asks about my education and why I never went to college. The obvious answer that I hated school and there was no school looking for me seemed to be inappropriate. I did go to culinary school and have had a successful but time depriving career doing something that I love.
I let her know how proud I am of her and admire her for being such a studious child with high ambitions. Then she asks about my involvement with making money on the computer as she put it. She remembered growing up how I was always missing school plays, cheer leading and holidays because of the restaurant business taking up my time.
I felt pretty lousy as she was saying these things but she was so appreciative that I could be at her track meet and not have all of the same financial and time restrictions that I had just a few short years ago. She asked me if I had known how to be in business for myself coming out of high school would I have not gotten into the culinary world.
I originally got into cooking because I wanted to own a restaurant, the more I learned about this business I realized that I would never have any time freedom. I lost a lot of quality memories along the way but developed some great relationships and life lessons. The answer is that I have no regrets and everything happens for a reason. At 19 years old I do not know that I had the dedication or knowledge to be a leader of myself let alone others.
My life experiences as a cook, chef, husband and father are all part of who I am today and what I have to offer. I love what I do and who I am. I look forward to being an even bigger part of my younger children’s lives and providing greater value to those in my life.
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