Good stuff, as usual. Thanks for keeping it real. Let's all use this
week's column to take stock of our values. What do we treasure? Where is
our heart? What is most important for our posterity to know and remember about
us? Are we being overly self-indulgent. Do we give the impression to our kids or
grandkids that it's all about fun and self-absorbtion? They need to learn
the fun thing from us, but they also need to learn so much more. Our family has
a family creed that we developed years ago over the course of three FHE's.
I know another family that has a family motto: "We do hard things." I
wish I could turn back the clock and do a few things differently in raising the
five my wife and I raised. To you modern dads, make sure your kids know that
life is more than sports, video games, reality TV, making money and raggin on
government or other institutions. Show positive leadership by word and example.
Sorry, I got carried away and did not start out meaning to preach or write more
than 2 lines.
Happy Birthday Vai. You are the man.
Happy 50th Vai!!
Amen to all that you said Vai, Amen!
Looking forward to the book. Don't make us wait too long.
Love your column and wish you "fiddy" more years. Spent two and half
years in Tonga as a teen and love reading about your Polynesian connections.
Hmmm...Did anyone else feel as I did after reading this: "Vai's had his
pie in the sky and now he is feeling nostalgic for simpler times"? What of
all the good people out there who are raising 5 kids in the "$100,000
house", who have to share a car, etc., and whose lives are not so neatly
packaged that they can plan their futures? I think Vai should write a book and
fill in the blanks--surely he has been hit with a hard time or two. How did he
go from being a not-so-great student to a featured writer, for instance?
Happy Birthday, Vai. We will welcome you to Provo with open arms!
Good on ya, Vai. I hope your plans work out well, especially your plan to
downsize and serve in the near future. One word of warning from my personal
experience: While I worked for the Church I spent most lunch hours playing
basketball in the Deseret Gym, until I wore out my feet and had to quit. Now
I'm in my middle 70s and learned to my sorrow that I was also ruining my
spine, which is now a very painful mess that made me quit serving as an
ordinance worker and disqualifies me from serving a senior mission. Do your
mission(s) as soon as you can before the football damage to your body makes that