There is a saying, and I don't know if it's true, "Einai Kalytero Anthropo Apo Ton Patera Toy." As I have heard, it means "be a better man than your father." Every year, I'm a little older, trying to be a little better than I was last year. I look at my art from last year around the same time, and I see how far I've come and how far I have yet to go. I take stock of what I can do and what I cannot do. I try to be responsible, independent, self-sustaining. To be indebted, even if no debt need be paid, is a great shame to me, for it means I was not able to defeat my task on my own. Obviously, it is beyond difficult to live independently, and to do so at my age is even harder.
That said, I am indebted to my parents beyond anything I could ever hope to repay. Not simply funds, or the obvious, you know, being birthed, but being raised.
The knowledge I have, the decisions I have made and have access to, the ease of living which allows me greater pursuits, these are things I owe my parents.
The knowledge that violence is second in all cases to understanding, that one must engage the world around them, that one must never stop where things are easy and comfortable, these are things I owe my parents.
The knowledge that I have someone to turn to even if I would rather try to tough it out alone, that they will always support me despite my failures and mistakes, and that I too must do so for those I care for, these are things I owe my parents.
I am anything but perfect, and I wish I could be better than I am. I endeavor. Their love makes it possible.
Today is father's day, but as I made nothing of substance for mother's day, this is for both my mother and my father.
Is it possible to be a better person than my parents? I don't know. Some days, looking at the big picture of my childhood, I don't think it is. But hey, we all should have at least one lofty goal, right? I aim to be better not by any fault of theirs, but rather, if I succeed, I will be a better man than I ever thought I could be.
If you haven't, tell your father you love him. And tell your mother too. I bet you she deserves it.
With so much love,
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