My dad and I used to travel a lot when I was a kid. My mom didn't like to fly, and my dad owned his own business, so often I would tag along on those long plane rides to faraway places. It was the one place where dad and I got to know each other through books, music, ideas and politics- all subjects that were covered as we went around the globe.
No one can weave a story like my dad can. He has experienced so much and learned so many things along the way. He is a self made man, having never finished high school, but went on to own a large corporation as well as sister companies. Smart doesn't even begin to describe him- an avid reader of medical books, physics, science, and literature. One of the most well read people I know. The conversations on those planes were richer than any college lecture I ever received. I didn't realize the education my dad was giving me at the time, but now that I'm in my 40's I appreciate every bit of it.
So now it's my kids turn- they get to sit on the plane with my dad and hear the stories, learn the lessons and laugh at the jokes. The opportunity to see Australia is a generous one, but the gift of what they will learn from sitting with my dad is priceless.
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