A Hard Lesson My Parents Taught Me That I’ll Never Forget
When I was 12 years old, I learned a lesson from my parents that I will never forget:
Do not put off small matters until later, but divide big tasks into smaller ones.
Here is what happened:
In my parents’ house, responsibilities were not fixed. Depending on the need, it was: take out the garbage, wash the dishes, hang the laundry, etc. Like all teenagers, I had no desire whatsoever to participate in these tasks.
Does that sound familiar?
Anyway, one day my mother asked me to hang the laundry. I was busy playing the computer game and did not listen to her. About two hours later, when the washing machine was done with the second load of laundry, I heard again “Maciek, go hang the laundry”.
This time it was my father’s voice.
I interrupted the game and crept to the washing machine. Two washes filled the bowl to the brim. This is too heavy, I objected. My father looked at me and the bowl. Then he put half of the laundry in the other bowl and said:
Then you’ll go twice.
At the time, of course, it was hard to learn that lesson.
But in retrospect, I am so grateful to my parents.
I attribute a lot of who I am today to that one moment.
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