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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Work Education

People of my grandpa's generation (and to a certain extent, my dad's generation) believed that all the children should get involved in the family's business, especially since they are expected to take over the reins of it one day. My dad recalled that at 16, below the legal driving age, he was tasked to drive the truck. I'm not talking about the beautiful SUVs you see nowadays with all those glistening truck accessories which are now considered "luxury vehicles". I'm talking about actual delivery trucks loaded with wares. My dad said that he had to make himself look more mature so that he won't be harrassed by the authorities by being an underaged driver.

My dad didn't really imposed that on us. He did "hire" us on different occasions. I remember one summer when I acted as his secretary. He gave me a small salary. It was so satisfying to get rewarded for doing actual work, even if the boss was my father. Later on, when my brothers finished college and had a little bit of work experience, he employed them. Since I went to a different field -- Medicine -- he didn't really have me join the company, but he did ask me to be a company physician, while I was still in residency training. I received a retainer's fee for that, in lieu of my allowance. I had to show up once a week to check on the employees.

I do not know if my kids are going to be in the same field as we are. One things for sure, I have to make my kids appreciate the value of work, the value of money, the fact that you eventually have to work for your needs and wants and that you can't always have everything that you want.

2 comments:

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earthlingorgeous said...

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