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THANK YOU, MOM AND DAD! What I Learned From My Parents
“My only hope is that I can have as much of an impact on my children’s lives as my own parents had on mine.”
From 1998–2014, I didn’t miss a single breakfast or lunch with my dad, Dalton. Some of you may know my dad for the years he spent dedicated to his clients and their needs. As Tim says, my dad worked longer than anyone would have expected him to, but that’s not surprising when you know how compassionate and caring my dad can be. Still, this time with my dad became really important to me as we never had an opportunity like this when I was a kid. My dad worked long, hard hours, so my mom, Susie, could stay home and care for my siblings and me. She was there every day after school and promptly had a home-cooked dinner on the table every night at 6 p.m. She was firm yet loving and pushed us to be the best we could be, and I certainly didn’t make it easy! You could say I was a bit of a troublemaker growing up. In fact, she is the sole reason I graduated from high school. After I graduated, I enlisted in the military and spent four years in the service. I left the military in 1998 and went to work with my father at this very firm. Almost immediately, we created our breakfast or lunch tradition, which would last for the next 16 years.
Today, most of what I do at Medicare Blueprint Advisors I owe to my dad. Tim and I have adapted the practice away fromwhat he did to focus on Medicare, but we continue my father’s work ethic and dedication to doing all we can for our clients. As a parent myself, I can’t help but emulate the actions of my parents. I find myself mimicking the very phrases they used to say to me, such as “Just wait until you have a kid just like you!” (I did.) But more importantly, I cherish the lessons they taught me in my childhood and use them to parent my 18-year-old and 14-month-old sons. Like my mom, I strive to have dinner with my family every night at our table. It’s our time together, free of distractions. (My mom is such a thoughtful grandma, too! I love how she always finds little ways to show my sons she cares.) I work hard to show my sons the value of hard work, just like my dad did, and I try to approach others with the same amount of respect and caring my father has. There are few things in this world I enjoy more than being a father. Watching my sons learn, develop personalities and passions, and grow into their own people is fascinating. My only hope is that I can have as much of an impact on my children’s lives as my own parents had on mine.
Happy Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Mom and Dad! Thank you for all you do and continue to do for my family and me.
– Jason Mackey
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