When I was growing up, I resented my parents' strict rules. Their constant push for me to learn a musical instrument annoyed me. They wanted me to appreciate the finer things in life like art, sculpture, dance and classical music. They gave me these privileges that children my age could only dream of.
Despite my desire to just go out and play, I had to abide by their rules which were as clear as the light of day. After school, I had to clean up and then do homework. After homework was piano lessons. After piano lessons, my mom would take me to dance class. By the time dance class was over, it was almost time for dinner. Bedtime would be at 7:00. Dad would start to play classical music on the stereo - Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, occasionally there would be Mozart. Those were the last sounds I heard until I fell asleep.
Mom and Dad were the best parents anyone could ever have. My first teachers. My role models. My only regret was that they forgot to impart their wisdom on the following things:
1. My parents forgot to teach me how to kiss ass and how to be an effective brown noser.
2. My parents forgot to tell me that there will always be one major meritricious person in every organization.
3. They did not teach me to be impervious.
4. They forgot to warn me that speaking my mind can backfire.
5. My mom and dad did not teach me to favor deceit in exchange for career advancement or personal gain.
6. They forgot to warn me about people who fall into the Nugatory, Pecksniffian, Puerile and Autocratic category.
7. They did not give me instructions on how to deal with people who fall under the categories stated above.
8. Lastly, they never told me that some people never grow out of kindergarten. Mom and Dad forgot to warn me about people with a weird gait - one step forward and one mile backward.
I am forever thankful for having been born to such wonderful, mature adults who took their responsibilities as parents to heart. The only drawback was that they thought the world is all good.
I have learned to cope on my own. Life gives valuable lessons.
The cycle ends here.