This week I would like to share a portion of our new book “SANDUSKY BAY”
You know I am not much at talking and not very good at writing. But the last few months have had me doing an evaluation of my life. I have come to realize that I had not taken the time to teach you how to grow up. The truth is, I just did not feel I had what it took.
I think I may have taught you how to work hard, and the importance of providing for your family. I have watched from a distance as you have gone to the mill day after day. I can only imagine how tough it was for you to get hurt and now have to stay home.
I thought I would write out what I have been thinking and what I should have told you early on, hoping you will pass some of this on to Joey.
1. Always accept responsibility for what you do. No lies or complaining. Get and take what you deserve.
2. You cannot control most of life, as hard as you will want to. If you try too hard it will make you an angry man… like I was for most of my life. Roll with the punches. You only have one life.
3. Care about others, especially your wife and family. I was too worried about money and what others thought. I drank too much and took my anger out on your mother. Although it has been tough for us Chadwick’s to be kind to one another, be especially kind to your family. Care about them more than yourself.
4. Appreciate the small things in life. Don’t always look for the spectacular. See the good in all events.
5. Money is needed, but not more important than people.
6. Always treat woman with respect and care.
7. Every day of life is a gift no matter how bad it sucks.
8. Try to find someone older than you to let you know what is down the path of aging. I failed you in this area and I ask your forgiveness.
9. There is something to religion. I met a guy, Ted Barrett, who would live it and tell me about God. I should have investigated it more deeply. I was too proud to do so.
10. Show how proud you are of your family. I never told you this, but I was proud to be your dad and do love you. I am so sorry I never said that to you. That’s the old Chadwick pride showing up again. Wait, no—that is my pride showing up again.
A few things to consider!
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