Bill Belew has raised 2 bi-cultural kids, now 34 and 30. And he and his wife are now parenting a 3rd, Mia, who is 8.
Daddy says he has learned a lot of things in the school of Fort Knox. (Ed. school of hard knocks).
My daddy used to do these things called super marathons, sometimes called ultra-marathons.
He said people ran too fast when they ran ‘only’ 26+ miles and he couldn’t keep up.
He preferred to run more and more AFTER people were tired out. Kind of like the turtle and bunny story … only daddy ran far instead of short.
Daddy says growing up is a marathon event, not a sprint. In other words life takes a long time to finish, can’t be rushed.
While daddy was doing these ultra-running events he read a lot. He reads a lot now. I mean a lot a lot. I don’t know how much he read then. But he read, he says. Anyway…
Daddy said that while he ran he gathered ‘nuggets.’ Golden ideas, lessons. He learned things ‘on the run’ and while preparing to run. I wonder how did he read while running. I’ll ask him.
He saved up his thoughts, wrote them down, printed them out. Remember when people used to do those kinds of things?
My life is ahead of me. Daddy says he still has a bit left in him.
Now he wants to share some of the lessons he learned with me. Put them here at my blog for me to read at some other time when I am ready.
It seems to me these marathon and ultra-marathon lessons would be worth learning now instead of re-learning something daddy already learned. In that way, I can learn new lessons and add to his list.
Daddy says Stan will tell you more about Ultras then you might want to know.
Am I too smart for my own good already?
I don’t think so. Do you?
What about some of the life lessons you have learned? That your daddy learned?
Wanna share? Tell me in the comments, please.
Talk to Bill and others about their experiences raising bi-cultural Japanese-American kids.