When my eldest son got his first job at the age of 16, while he was studying for his A levels at college, my Dad presented him with a Parker pen. He told my son that having a nice pen to write with would make a world of difference, not only to his writing but also to his confidence.
It worked, not with his writing he still writes like a doctor, but with his confidence. My son did so well with his part time job that he was promoted several times before he finally left that job after going to University.
Our youngest son starts his first classroom based learning for 11 years tomorrow. He was only 5 years old when we took over the responsibility to educate him and he was home educated for the remainder of his school life.
Tomorrow is a big day for him and us, and I confess to being slightly nervous on his behalf.
Today after a trip to the cinema my eldest son took his youngest brother shopping. They came home with a Parker pen, some pencils and a note book. My eldest told his brother the story of his Parker pen, why his granddad gave it to him and how he still uses a Parker pen when he has to write anything that is important, or has to attend an important meeting. He told his youngest brother that having his own Parker pen would help him to write nicely and it would improve his confidence.
I admit to having a lump in my throat. I know how much of an impact my Dad made on the lives of my eldest two. They loved their granddad so much and if he told them something it was always remembered and taken on board.
My youngest was only 7 when his Granddad died. I know that he still remembers him but today my eldest son paid it forward and made sure that my Dad is with us for our youngest son’s important day tomorrow. I am one very proud Mother today.