Dec 3, 201302:01 PMAfter Hours
with Jody Glynn Patrick
If at first you don’t succeed, have grandchildren
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And that makes me wonder, today, about how many times I’ve not delegated things to others because I was the more accomplished one who could do it faster and more easily alone. How many opportunities have I lost to mentor and to inspire — to encourage others’ talents?
Patrick is coming back to the rehabbing project to spend a few days with me over his Christmas break. I’ve already made him a junior tool belt with an appropriately weighted hammer, eyewear protection, and even tucked a few bandages inside. He has a bench to tile and a sack of mortar marked “save for Patrick.”
I admittedly fell far short of the super-mother mold I wanted to fit inside, but I’m not too proud or too old to learn from my mistakes. So I do try diligently to shore up any grandparenting cracks. What I teach our little ones today, paying forward the kindnesses and encouragement shown to me throughout my life, is the most important legacy I might hope to build with the many tools I have acquired along the way.
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