Sunday, September 28, 2014

Letters from Dad: #18

(Once a month, I invite Sean to take over the blog and write a little note to our kids. I love that he is willing to leave little nuggets of wisdom for them to look back on when they are older!

Dear Children,
I remember one time, Ma (my mom) sat your Uncle Nathan and me down to explain the difference between wants and needs. I don’t remember what the occasion was. Maybe we were starting school, maybe we were being brats, or maybe Ma was just teaching us an important life lesson. It was a good lesson. A need is something you have to have to survive; a want is everything else.
Oh sure, needs can be defined in other ways. For instance, I could say I need Captain America 241 to complete my Captain America collection. But, I don’t need a comic book to survive. I don’t need a comic collection to survive. What we need is food, clothes, shelter and even then some of those are a stretch. People live without clothes and shelter all the time. Maybe not well but they do survive. We need food to survive, but we don’t need filet mignon. Kids, I hope as you get older, I am able to convey the values that Ma gave Uncle Nathan and me. It’s good to know what is important in life and to set your values properly.
I love you kids. We didn’t plan to have four kids at once, but I wouldn’t trade you kiddos for anything.



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