Overheard at a North Shore steak house: Three men with a few miles on them are enjoying drinks and dinner while their wives are at a book club…
The guys are swapping stories about things they did when younger that encouraged their sons to grow into successful men.
One dad said he’d asked his boy, who was eight at the time, to help him build a brick garage by carrying mortar. He told the kid to move fast or the mortar would dry before being applied, and the garage would be ruined. All his life, that son believed their garage was the result of his hustle.
A second father said that when his son was seven, the boy loved hamburgers. Back then, the dad parked at a fast food place, handed his son a few dollars, and said, “I’ll wait. Go in and buy your burger.” The shy kid refused. The dad shrugged. “Sorry, no burger then.” His hungry son grabbed the money, got his food and brought it back with a handful of change and lifelong self-confidence.
The third husband, who’d been quiet, piped in: “Cool stories. Like they say: ‘As the twig is bent so inclines the tree.’”
The other two nodded. Then one asked, “Who said that?”
The guy who mentioned it shrugged, and took another swallow of his drink. “Dunno. But I heard it from my dad. He was always dropping words of wisdom on me. Never forgot that old saying.”
The table was quiet for a moment. Then someone said, “Well, your dad was pretty smart.” And they clinked glasses.