"Dad I would like learn what you do for a living! You are great with kids! " said my daughter. This morning saw my son's school project on Heros! In bold letter were: MY DAD'S MY HERO! Followed by paragraphs on why. WOW! Tears in my eyes today. I need to keep it going!
My 93yr old Thursday morning Client:
Me: Mrs J you are very late!
Mrs J: I was ironing my grandson's pants at 7am then decided to put away my daughter's laundry and cook her dinner. That took long!
Me: But we had a 1030am training session. It's 1pm now! I tried calling you! Left you messages!! Why are you here?
Mrs J: Oh I take the phone off during the day. Too many people calling to sell stuff. Oh ...those are your messages here? It's only1pm I can wait till you are done w...ith.... her!
Me: Mrs J you always do this! You have to be on time....
Mrs J: Sonny!!! I am never on time since 1978! I am now on God's time. I can die tonight! So I will wait when you done with her....and we can train then. I made you brownies when I made dinner for my daughter...got walnuts: your favorite. I will get on the bike sonny!
Me: Okkkkkk! Okkkkkk Mrs J see you at 2pm!
Mrs J: She's skinny thing....cannot she finish training at 1:30pm.
Me: (take a deep breathe)....smile!!
Today, after my kids did their daily evening chores I sat them down to talk; for today would be different. I thanked them for the hard work they did all month, extend my arms and said all I can give was this clean simple home, was a tough month and so no allowance for October. They each took my extended arms and embraced themselves within and said this was all they needed as they hugged me. I hugged them even tighter. Thank you!
Yesterday morning, if you missed my kids and I on the air WPGC 95.5FM The Pablo Show. I enjoyed questions asked on fatherhood (teen dating,school grades, etc) and what's it like to train Radio Talk Show Host Pablo Sato: The Pablo Show on WPGC 95.5FM- for his wedding! By the way; He lost 25lbs! It also gave me the opportunity to talk about my wellness programs for the Aging and my passion for growing junior golf in the public high schools in Maryland.
As I stood in the door way of my Zumba class, a welled dressed old man walked up to me:
" I notice you are greeting your ladies as they walked in, can I join you?"
" Sure love to have you!"
As I shook the next person's hand, I notice he stood next to me and began kissing the cheek of each of the ladies entering my class.
" Sir, what are you doing?"
" I am joining you ...oh no I am not taking your class but I will help you greet each of these lovely ladies, you look overwhelmed!"
I ask the ladies if they mind a kiss on their cheeks and they didn't. As I said good bye to the little old man he held my hand and said thank you... He missed kissing his wife every day now that she was gone. I said anytime; see you next week!
Old Habits never die. A few tips to get you there are: Decide to change; Believe in change; Pick one specific habit to change; Identify the routine; Isolate the cue; Experiment with rewards and PLAN!