Image is everything. Left foot Reverse?

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Tyme2fish, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Tyme2fish

    Tyme2fish New Member

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    In the late 90's my youngest son was the starting QB for the local High School football team. He was very concerned about his "image" as a freshman in High School. He envied the "richer" kids and the possesions their parents owned. He was handsome, physically fit, and excelled in academics. He wore nice clothes (of course provided by me) and no hand me downs from older brother. Image and status in life was everything for him at that time.

    On one evening after football practice, my wife was at the high school to pick up said son and discovered that the 1988 Monte Carlo she drove would not shift into reverse.

    A few big linemen pushed her out of her parking space and she then returned home with our son.
    He was devastated. Some Senior year team mates had to push a freshman's mother's car out of the parking space. Oh, the shame and humiliation.We owned a vehicle that had no reverse!

    In order to teach my youngest son the true values in life, I kept that vehicle until he graduated from high school. All drivers in my family were taught to always park with the ability to pull forward or to park on a "hill" so the driver's door could be opened, the left foot stuck out to push "reverse".

    My older son drove that vehicle for years and had no problem with no reverse. Well, there was one time he had to park in a place that had a no "left foot reverse" at a prom.

    Youngest son is now a graduate from Purdue University ,25 years old and out in the world on his own. Image is still everything to him so I guess my lesson was to no avail.
     
  2. thegavel

    thegavel New Member

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    I too was an important player on the football team, I too knew how important image was. I too was embarrassed by the little things...

    I regret every minute of it. Image is a huge part of the business world. I have gone as far as renting cars to go to job interviews. Who you are is not represented in HOW you look.

    Don't be discouraged brother, there was a lesson learned, you may not see it, but it was/is there...
     

  3. BigOBear

    BigOBear New Member

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    Perhaps it will stick in time. My sister didn't start growing out of it until she hit about 30 years old.

    I had an old beat up truck in high school that the starter went out on. Always had to make sure I parked on a hill so I could push crank it hehe.
     
  4. Tyme2fish

    Tyme2fish New Member

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    At your next High School reunion be kind to the "nerds". They might be your next boss.!!!!:big_smile:
     
  5. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    I've only been to one reunion, my 20th...there was waaaaaay too much "Me, me, me" for my tastes.