That quote is attributed to Confucius. I was not there to hear this, so I guess I have to rely on hearsay for this one.
What made me this of this right now though is that my husband is outside, in near-freezing weather, fixing my car for me. My son is out there as well, learning how to fix something in the suspension. My son graduated in December with an engineering degree and a lot of debt. I am incredibly proud of his accomplishments these past few years, including making the dean’s list the last 2 years. That is a proud mom moment, but not at all the point.
While it was completely his choice to go to college, as a society, in general, we have shunned learning a trade as a career. For many years our children were told that college is the only way to get ahead and make a good living. We now have a society that is crippled by student loan debt and yet we have a shortage of builders, plumbers, mechanics, etc. Often upon graduation, we do not find a job in the field that we studied in college or even a job we like.
What if more dad’s and mom’s and grandparents showed their kids as they were growing up how to do things such as fixing a car, building a shelf, laying bricks for a patio? What if these kids found something they enjoyed and were good at and could feel the satisfaction at the end of the day of a job well done? What if we respected our mechanics, builders and other tradesmen?
Would we be happier if we all found a job we could love?