I owe a great deal to my Dad! Can you imagine having twins at the tender age of 21 years old? He went to college with us in tow and raised us with the mentality that you can accomplish anything if you set your mind to it.
(Robbie Wolff, in 1972 when we moved to Troy, AL – the last time he shaved.)
My Dad is the one who shaped my character and taught me the life lessons that still endure today.
BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED
When my dad made the life-changing decision to quit drinking when we were around 13 years old, he withdraw us from school to travel the country for three months to figure out where we might consider moving for a fresh start. It was an amazing experience and the pinnacle of my childhood. But after three months, home was looking better and better. On our journey back to Fairhope my dad said something I’ll never forget. He compared our trip to the old fable about how treasures can be found in our own backyards. If we’re always focused on greener pastures, we may risk losing out on opportunities that exist right where we are.
He also never let me quit anything. There were many instances growing up where I begged and pleaded but he instilled in me at an early age that if you sign up for something you see it through because you’re invested for the long haul. This lesson has helped me in all aspects of my life from giving me the resolve to endure the hardships of being an independent bookseller to understanding, no matter what conflict face, circumstances always improve if you keep the right attitude.
I want to wish all the Fathers, Single Moms, Grandfathers and Stepdads a wonderful Father’s Day! And hope you, too, enjoy your day reflecting on the life-lessons this person instilled in you.