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Daily Prompt: Unpopular

Tell us about a time when you had to choose between two options, and you picked the unpopular choice.

The day I informed my parents I wanted to be a carpenter and not a lawyer or such. My parents were both immigrants to Canada, having come over here as young children. Of course they both had the typical dream of their child going on to greatness, such a doctor or lawyer or such.

I decided to do what I enjoyed and got a job in construction, and enjoyed seeing the results of my work everyday. Years later, my parents had both come to accept it was the right choice, however I know when I finally decided to start working on acquiring that wall decoration from an institution of higher learning, my parents must have both smiled from the next life. I can imagine my dad saying, “yup he’s my son alright, does things the hard way just like I did.” My mother would have said finally my little professor (her nickname for me growing up) is finally gaining wisdom.

My parents had dreams for me, however they never stopped loving me, and allowed me to walk my path, not the one they had planned for me. For this I am eternally grateful, as it helped me to learn how to love without conditions or expectations.


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11 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Unpopular

  1. Very good story, and well told!

  2. Wisdom and education. Two separate things.

  3. Your love for your parents and vise versa shines true this story. Haha little professor. 🙂 Merry Christmas!

  4. Great post! I need to start doing the WP daily prompts..

  5. beautiful story.. what wonderful parents you have..

  6. It’s normal for parents to dream BIG for their children and at the same time they have to let their children find out what they enjoy the best. Knowing you wanted to be a carpenter must have made your life meaningful. In the end both you and your parents are travelling the middle path. Namaste.

  7. Your parents couldn’t help themselves, loving unconditionallty is built into the parent gene.

  8. That’s a lovely story Keith 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing, it is lovely.

  10. A lovely story indeed. You are a courageous person from childhood. You stood by your heart. I thank God for your parents who let you go your way not their way.

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