I’ve lately found myself thinking more than usual about my childhood and remembering experiences from back then. I grew up in a pretty small town, and since I was homeschooled for several years, I spent more time around my parents (both in and out of the home) than most other kids did. My mom and dad were and still are very active in the community in several respects. They are known and liked/respected by a relatively huge number of people from all walks of life around my hometown. As a kid I would frequently tag along as my dad ran errands. I made numerous trips to the post office, several banks, every public school in town, the courthouse, the library, and an untold number of local businesses. In general, I didn’t enjoy those excursions very much and didn’t appreciate the practical education I was getting in both business and personal relationships. That’s probably partly because I had a typical child’s self-centered worldview and partly because I would describe my relationship with my father in that period as antagonistic. However, with the passage of time and (I’d like to think) increased maturity, I can look back a lot more positively on those experiences. Compared to many or most children today, I certainly got out and about more and had much more interaction with other adults.
Anyway, I’ve related the above thoughts to a few other ideas, but any further discussion will have to wait for the next post!