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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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Dec 6, 2013 07:07 am
 Posted by  Linda Abbott

Great post Jody! I think what Patrick will remember when he gets older is how cool his Grandma is and all the time he got to spend with her!

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IB Publisher Emeritus Jody Glynn Patrick blends work and life in this very clear departure from her other writing for In Business magazine. Awarded national recognition for both her previous work as a newspaper columnist and her journalistic leadership at IB, she brings us all back "Closer to Home" with her insights and remembrances. A nice place to be "After Hours." Check back often!

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